The Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State will hold its 30th annual banquet on Sunday, March 18, at the Fort Washington Country Club in Fresno to celebrate the growth of the program and recognize students who have earned scholarships.

This year’s banquet will feature Fresno State President Dr. Joseph I. Castro as one of the main speakers. Castro was appointed the eighth president of Fresno State in 2013. He has been a consistent supporter of the Armenian Studies Program and was a leader in support of the construction of the Armenian Genocide Monument on campus.

“The 30th annual banquet will highlight the growth of our program,” said Barlow Der Mugrdechian, a professor and Armenian Studies Program coordinator. “Our program is a center for interaction between the community, the students and the University.”

More than 40 student recipients of Armenian Studies scholarships and grants for 2017-18 will be recognized at the banquet, together with students who are graduating with a minor in Armenian studies.

The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the banquet at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for $50 per person, with a special price of $25 for Fresno State students and faculty. Reservations for tables of 10 are also being accepted.

The Armenian Studies Program at Fresno State celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017.

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