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USD Alumnus Reza Arabnia Honored by President of Italy as 'Cavaliere del Lavoro'

University of San Diego alumnus Dr. Ali Reza Arabnia was honored by Italian Trustee Ali Reza Arabnia President Giorgio Napolitano with the title of Cavaliere del Lavoro, ("Knight of Labor").

Instituted in 1901, the title is conferred each year during the Italian Feast of the Republic to those citizens who have distinguished themselves for their innovative contributions to the country's economy. He will be given the official medal in October at the Presidential Palace in Rome by Napolitano. This is the highest civil recognition in Italy. There are only 500 living “Cavalieri” and Dr. Arabnia is the first who has been born in a foreign country.

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