The Presidential Medallion was designed especially for the investiture and ceremonial use of presidents. It symbolizes the authority of the office of the President of the University. It is conferred upon the President by the Chancellor of the California State University system, who invests him with the authority and responsibilities of the office. The medallion is worn on official occasions with academic regalia and is kept in a special display case in the Office of the President.
The presidential medallion was designed and cast in silver by Professor Edward O. Lund Jr. of the university’s Department of Art and Design.
It depicts in the background the beautiful Sierra Nevada and the vast and rich agricultural lands that are a part of the university’s region. In the foreground in bas-relief are the lamp of knowledge and the book, familiar elements in the California State University, Fresno seal and symbols of the primacy and mission of the university. A small moonstone symbolizing the light of knowledge is embedded in the center.
Inscribed on the medallion are the university name, California State Univesity, Fresno, and the date of its founding as a normal school in the San Joaquin Valley, MCMXI. The university’s motto appears as an inner inscription in Latin, LVCEM ACCIPE VT REDDAS, which translates as Receive the light, that you may give it forth.