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Release Date:06-02-10
National Hispanic University Commencement is June 5
Linda Ronstadt to speak and receive honorary degree.

San Jose, CA - June 2, 2010- On June 5, families, friends and entertainer Linda Ronstadt will honor graduating students at the National Hispanic University (NHU) commencement ceremony. Ronstadt is the featured speaker and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Bachelor's and associate degrees as well as certificates will be conferred on more than 200 students during exercises at the Bustos Family Plaza on campus. NHU President Dr. David P. Lopez said, "They have come to the culmination of a process at NHU that is personalized and designed to educate, enlighten and empower individuals. Each student is valued and encouraged to reach their utmost potential."

Two graduates will receive special recognition. The 2010 President's Award for Exemplary Student Achievement goes to Juan Joel Cuevas, who earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies. He was selected by President Lopez for his high grade point average, service to the university and pioneering spirit that will leave a lasting legacy.

Delfina Canales Estrada, who also earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, will receive the Sí, Se Puede! ("Yes, We Can!") Award. She overcame many personal and professional obstacles to complete the degree program she started at NHU in 1993. "Attending NHU is like being with a large family who wants you to succeed," she said.

Ronstadt, an Arizona native whose heritage is Mexican and German, frequently emphasizes her Hispanic roots in recordings and appearances. She also is a national arts advocate and political activist.

About National Hispanic University
NHU was founded in 1981 to meet the education needs of Hispanic students. It offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The 11-acre campus has excellent facilities located in California’s Silicon Valley. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. More than 500 students attend NHU. For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.

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