Steven Hensley and Audia Dixon named President’s Medalists

Steven Hensley and Audia Dixon hold their Dean's Medals and President Medals.

Both Dean’s Medalists in the College of Arts and Humanities were named President’s Medalists in a ceremony on Thursday, May 19 in the Concert Hall at Fresno State. Undergraduate Steven Hensley and graduate Audia Dixon were awarded Fresno State’s top academic honors for the class of 2022.

Chosen from a group of nine Undergraduate Deans’ Medalists and nine Graduate Deans’ Medalists, they were surprised with the honor during the President’s Recognition Reception on Thursday, May 19. 

“Steven and Audia show true passion for academic achievement and excellence along with a reflective approach that has guided them through their Fresno State careers, beyond the classroom and into the community,” said Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval. “These two students exemplify the best of Fresno State: Leaders who create, in order to better our community and deepen our understanding of the humanity that unites us.”

Both students will be recognized at the College of Arts and Humanities commencement ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20, at the Save Mart Center.

Hensley, of Merced, was selected as the President’s Undergraduate Medalist, the University’s top honor for an undergraduate student. He earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy, pre-law option, and political science with a 4.0 GPA, and wrote two respective honors projects for his majors.  

Dixon, of Fresno, was selected as the President’s Graduate Medalist, Fresno State’s top honor for a graduate student. She earned a master’s degree in art with a 4.0 GPA, and has been an instrumental artist in the community for many years.  

Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval renamed the two awards this year for consistency. In previous years, the top undergraduate medalist was referred to as the President’s Medalist, and the top graduate medalist was the University Graduate Medalist.


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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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