University approaches one-year anniversary of Armenian monument

by Tom Uribes

More than 4,000 guests visited Fresno State in April 2015 for the dedication of the campus Armenian Genocide Monument. The commemoration marked the 100th anniversary of the date the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians began in the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

Fresno State is the only college campus in the United States with such a monument.

University President Joseph I. Castro says the monument, which was financed with community donations, demonstrates Fresno State’s commitment to human rights and justice.

“This monument will be here for generations to come,” Castro says. “It will be a visible reminder each day, for all of us, that even when a devastating tragedy like the genocide occurs, hope then joy can follow.”