Distinguished Alumnus of the Day: Tomás Rivera

Tomás Rivera

Tomás Rivera

Tomás Riviera is a well-known Hispanic author, poet and educator. He set the standard for contemporary Mexican-American literature and received the Quinto Sol Award in 1971 for “. . . y no se lo tragó la tierra,” a novella about the life of a migrant worker taken from his own childhood experiences.

He graduated from Texas State University in with a bachelor’s in 1958 and a master’s 1964, and went on to be chancellor at the University of California-Riverside.

Rivera received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1980, four years before his death. His legacy continues with the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute and the Tomás Rivera Book Award at Texas State.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes graduates who have achieved prominence and distinction in their chosen business, profession or life work on a national or international level.

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