SELMA – Selma’s Patricio Galindo has been selected as one of nine Undergraduate Deans’ Medalists as he graduates from California State University, Fresno, on Saturday, May 19.
Each of the eight schools and colleges at Fresno State, along with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, select an outstanding student to honor with the Deans’ Medal.
Deans' chose undergraduate and graduate medalists based on academic excellence, community involvement and other achievements.
At CSUF’s 107th commencement, one medalist from the group below will be announced as the President’s Medalist, the University’s top academic honor for an undergraduate student.
Galindo was chosen for the College of Health and Human Services. He completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in social work with a grade point average of 3.85.
In 2009, Galindo enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2010, he was deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. His seven months there changed his life. Galindo earned eight medals while serving the country, including a Certificate of Appreciation from former Vice President Joe Biden when his unit helped handle the protection of President Barack Obama during a visit to Hawaii.
Galindo returned home in 2013 after earning the rank of sergeant, but had trouble adjusting to civilian life and suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and bilateral hearing loss.
Galindo went on to attend Fresno City College through the GI Bill before transferring to CSUF. He is also a member of the American Legion Selma Post 12 which donated more than $12,500 in student scholarships this past year. He also created a resolution and presented in front of Congress to help veterans receive proper recognition.
At Fresno State, he created the first social work honor society, Chi Nu, and worked to send care packages to military during the holidays. Galindo interned at Phoenix Secondary Academy and mentored troubled students in need of guidance.
This fall, he will continue his education at Fresno State to earn a master’s degree and plans to become a school social worker.
“With this type of career, I am able to be a change agent in the community and truly make a difference,” Galindo said of his educational plans. “My goal is to work with adolescents and college-level students to help them understand and navigate through their educational career.”
Galindo’s advice for those heading off to college is to keep in mind the difference education will have on your future.
“No matter what age you may be, remember that your education is one way that you can make a change in your life. No matter what your degree is in, it will open doors for you as long as you put in the hard work and stay focused.”