Distinguished Alumni Award


George Dionisopoulos Portrait

Dr. George Dionisopoulos

Dr. George Dionisopoulos has been unanimously chosen as the 2019 San Diego Mesa College Distinguished Alumnus, and will speak at the Mesa College Commencement Ceremony to be held at the USD Jenny Craig Pavilion on May 18th at 3:00pm.

“Dr. George Dionisopoulos, as an alumnus embodies the Olympian Spirit that Mesa is connected to our students on every level,” stated Mesa College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster. “As a Professor of Communications, he taught generations of Mesa College students who have transferred to San Diego State University, and in that way, gave back to the greater community.”

Dr. Dionisopoulos is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication at San Diego State University.  He attended Mesa college from 1969 – 1971, and earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from SDSU. In 1984, he was awarded his Ph. D. in Communication from Purdue University. After a year at Rutgers University, he joined the faculty in the School of Communication at San Diego State where he taught for 34 years.

He is an award-winning scholar who has published over forty books, journal articles and book chapters. His primary areas of research concern political issues of the 1960s and the cultural legacy of American involvement in Vietnam.

Each year, nominations are accepted in January and February, and the recipient is announced in April. Anyone in the greater community is encouraged to submit a nomination.  Nominations reflect alumni who embody one or more of San Diego Mesa College’s core values – Access, Accountability, Diversity, Equity, Excellence, Freedom of Expression, Integrity, Respect, Scholarship, and Sustainability. Recipients will be accomplished in the areas of Professional Achievement/Career Distinction and Service to Society and/or Community-based Service.

Former recipients include two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Arnie Robinson, film producer, Raul Celaya, artist Miya Hannan, Northrop Grumman Engineer Alexander Szeto and community activists, Carlos and Linda LeGerrette.

If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Kearns, Director of Communications at