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Latina Congresswoman to Speak at Hispanic University’s 15th Commencement Exercises
Release Date: June 3, 2000

(San Jose, CA)-- On June 3rd the National Hispanic University will honor one of the most powerful Latina role models in the country- the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, representative of the 33rd Congressional District, as she speaks to the Class of 2000 at the NHU campus at 10 am.  Congresswoman Roybal-Allard is not only one of the few Latinas in Congress but she is also the first Latina in U.S. history to be appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, one of the powerful and distinguished committees in Congress. Congresswoman Roybal exemplifies the motto of the National Hispanic University –breaking barriers to achievement.  This year, she became the first woman ever elected Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. As the head of the 17 member Congressional Hispanic Caucus, she intends to focus greater attention on education, economic development, the 2000 Census and access to health care.  On her keynote address, Congresswoman Roybal will speak on the very mission of the National Hispanic University—Preparing Future Leaders. 

The National Hispanic University will present the Congresswoman with an honorary doctorate degree as a symbol of the Congresswoman’s unwavering commitment to education and to the Latino community.  Additionally, in this very special ceremony the National Hispanic University will honor its current graduates as well as future graduates from NHU’s El Nuevo Mundo Children’s Center.  NHU believes that education begins at pre-school.

The Commencement Exercises will take place at the ten-acre campus of the National Hispanic University, which is located at 14271 Story Road in San Jose, California on Saturday, June 3, 2000 at 10 AM.  The National Hispanic University is an accredited independent, nonprofit, educational institution which was authorized to grant degrees since 1981 by the California State Department of Education.  NHU offers degree and certificate programs in business, liberal studies, computer information systems and teacher education

For further information on The National Hispanic University, please contact us at (408) 254-6900.