Distinguished Alumni Awards



Distinguished Alumni Award

President Pam and Antonio

2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD Presented to Antonio Martinez

The 2018 Mesa College Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Antonio Martinez at Mesa College’s Commencement Ceremony is May. The award program was established in 2011 to recognize former students who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of academic excellence at San Diego Mesa College.

While a student at Mesa College, Mr. Martinez studied philosophy, politics and economics. He graduated from Mesa College in 2005, and transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors with a degree in philosophy and economics.

Martinez grew up in the San Ysidro and was the first in his family to go to college. Since 2012 he has been a member of the San Ysidro School Board, and he also serves on the board of the San Ysidro Community Planning Group and the San Ysidro Recreation Council. Currently, Mr. Martinez serves as the Director at the Imperial Beach Community Clinic.

Each year, nominations are accepted in January and February, and the recipient is announced in March. 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 jnkearns@sdccd.edu.