Student of Distinction: Dymond Lowe

Undergraduate, B.A. in Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language option, B.A. in Liberal Arts

Born in Fresno and the youngest of six, Dymond Lowe graduated from Sunnyside High School and began college at Bethune-Cookman University, an HBCU in Daytona Beach, Florida. After one year, she returned home and enrolled at Fresno City College. Lowe transferred to Fresno State in 2019. She has continued her near-perfect GPA while pursuing a double major in Linguistics, teaching English as a second language (TESOL) option and Liberal Arts.

“Dymond is thorough and consistent, hardworking and smart, all of the things you want in a student. She requires no hand-holding or special attention and wrestles to the ground whatever is in front of her,” Professor of Linguistics Chris Golston said.

In the summer of 2018, Lowe, along with two professors and ten other students, packed into a van and drove 1,300 miles to southeast Montana to the Crow Indian Reservation as part of a language documentation and revitalization project.

“Dymond was fantastic and used her impressive computational and linguistics skills in a number of ways that the program up there really benefitted from. And this was no vacation: it’s

unpaid work, with nights spent in a really crappy trailer with no air-conditioning in very hot weather on the great northern plains,” said Golston. “She was a huge asset to the project and to the trip and a joy to be around at all times, no matter the circumstances.”

Professor of Linguistics Brian Agbayani agreed, saying, “She was an extremely valuable member of the language documentation team. Dymond will enter graduate school having extensive experience with independent research and in working with a research team.”

During her time at Fresno State, Lowe has worked as an AVID tutor for her alma mater, Sunnyside High School, an EOPS English tutor at Fresno City College and an after-school paraeducator at Terronez Middle School.

Lowe plans to pursue a graduate degree in speech and language pathology and has applied to several programs, including at Fresno State.

More specifically, Lowe said, “I will first apply this degree as the foundation for seeking a master’s degree in speech language pathology where I will assist individuals who have undergone traumatic speech hindering experiences.” She went on to say, “My second application of this degree is to one day ignite my passion for travel and exploration in securing a job teaching English overseas. With this pathway, I aspire to teach youth communities in Africa, Asia, and South America.”


The College of Arts and Humanities Students of Distinction represents the best of their department and will be honored at the Arts in Motion event at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 – the culminating event of the Arts in Motion Showcase week. From these students, one undergraduate and one graduate Dean’s Medalist will be selected. The Dean’s Medalists are then eligible to receive the President’s Medal, the university’s highest student honor.

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