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Former NASA Astronaut Delivers Commencement Address on May 14
José Hernández receives honorary doctorate at graduation ceremony

San José, Calif. - May 18, 2011-
José Hernández, former NASA astronaut, received an honorary doctorate at the 26th commencement ceremony of The National Hispanic University (NHU) on May 14. In his graduation address, Hernández described the importance of education on his journey from child of migrant farmers to astronaut on the 128th Space Shuttle mission. He gave the audience “the license to dream,” adding, “Believe it or not, you are leaders and role models in your community. To your younger siblings, your primos, primas, to your little neighbors. So it is very important to give back.”

José Hernández (right), former NASA astronaut, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Dr. David Lopez (left), president of The National Hispanic University. “Our students, alumni and faculty are committed to improving the human and social condition by creating and applying ideas to promote the development of individuals, communities, and organizations, as well as society as a whole,” said Dr. Lopez, who commended Hernández for his efforts to do the same through his commitment to higher education, his career as an astronaut and his nonprofit organization, Reaching for the Stars Foundation. Nearly 100 students, cheered on by their family members, graduated on May 14 with degrees in business administration, computer science, education, liberal studies, math and science and other academic areas.

About The National Hispanic University

The National Hispanic University (NHU) was founded in 1981 to provide Hispanic students with access to quality higher education. NHU offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The 11-acre campus is located in California’s Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.NHU.edu or www.facebook.com/nhufamilia.


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