Dr. Vincent Petrucci, Fresno State professor and director emeritus of viticulture, will be recognized by the California Future Farmers of America organization as one of 18 honorary state degree recipients at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Selland Arena in downtown Fresno.
Earlier in the day he will preside over the fourth annual Papa Petrucci 5K Race to raise funds for the on-campus V.E. Petrucci Library, which specializes in viticulture and enology resources. The event takes runners and walkers through the Fresno State vineyards beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Registration for the race begins at 8 a.m. at the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (2360 E. Barstow Ave. between Cedar and Maple).
The Future Farmers of America (FFA) ceremony is part of the 87th annual conference that runs from Saturday-Tuesday, April 18-21.
A former Escalon High School FFA Chapter student president, Petrucci joined the Fresno State faculty as a professor in 1948, and later served as director of Fresno