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Honored Alumni

Honored alumni Awards Celebration

For more than 60 years, the Honored Alumni Award has served as the highest honor bestowed upon Cal Poly alumni. The awards recognize alumni from each of the university’s six academic colleges, Cal Poly Athletics and the Cal Poly Alumni Association.

2022 Cal Poly Honorees


Architecture and Environmental Design 

Susan Kutner Rozakis

(Construction, '81)

One of the first women to graduate from Cal Poly's Construction Management program, Rozakis is a standout leader and role model, promoting diversity and equity within the construction industry.

2022 Award Recipient Video


Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Dennis Stroud

(Crop Science, '75)

Stroud has been instrumental in the success of Cal Poly's Wine and Viticulture Department and is passionate about the industry and supporting student success.

2022 Award Recipient Video



Angela Simon

(Environmental Engineering, '86)

Simon is an advocate of the College of Engineering and Cal Poly Athletics. A former softball player, Simon has created a scholarship to support female athletes in the College of Engineering.

2022 Award Recipient Video


Science and Mathematics

Dr. Roger Duncan, III

(Biological Sciences, '84)

A fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Duncan has a passion for mentorship and youth development in underserved communities that spans more than thirty years.

2022 Award Recipient Video


Orfalea College of Business

Katherine Johnson

(Business Administration, '81, Concentration in Accounting)

Johnson has a passion for bookkeeping and for helping students succeed. She is a longtime volunteer with youth causes and recently established a scholarship for Cal Poly students who, like herself, didn't have financial support through college.

2022 Award Recipient Video



Jason Maas

(Mechanical Engineering, '87)

A former baseball player, Maas attributes his career success in large part to the baseball program and the demanding academic foundation he received at Cal Poly. He is a strong supporter of Cal Poly baseball and is committed to providing the best student-athlete experience for players.

2022 Award Recipient Video


Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award

Stephan Cheek

(Business Administration, '85)

A co-founder of the Cal Poly Black Alumni Chapter, Cheek is a key figure in a network of alumni supporting Black Alumni Chapter activities and networking. He has served as a Cal Poly Alumni Ambassador and continues to build connections by fostering the partnership between Cal Poly and Fortune Schools across the state.

2022 Award Recipient Video


Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership Award

Clinton and Connie Pearce

(Agricultural Business, '91)  (Animal Science, '87)

Clinton and Connie Pearce are dedicated volunteers and supporters of Cal Poly across disciplines. They are especially supportive of the Cal Poly Rodeo team, of which they were both members as students, and volunteer their time to coach and mentor young rodeo athletes.

2022 Award Recipient Video

Honored Alumni: A legacy of learn by doing

Through their contributions to their fields, to Cal Poly, and their impact in their communities and beyond, our Honored Alumni represent the best of Learn by Doing.

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