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Contact Person: Roberto Cruz II
Telephone: 408-273-2727
Email: rcruzii@nhu.edu                                                                 

May 28, 2004

National Hispanic University to hold 19th Commencement Exercises
on New Campus in East San Jose

(San Jose, CA)—The National Hispanic University will be holding its 19th Commencement Exercises on its newly re-constructed campus in east San Jose on Saturday, June 5th at 9:30 AM (14271 Story Road).  The construction, which began in September 2003, has been completed and its plaza spaces ready to welcome the crowds on graduation day.  The event itself will be held in the new Bustos Family Plaza at NHU.

          Graduation is always the happiest day of the year for the National Hispanic University as all on campus rejoice in celebration of the accomplishments of its graduates.  Delivering the commencement address will be Rosario Marin, former Treasurer of the United States and General Albert C. Zapanta, President/CEO of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board.  Along with commencement activities, NHU will be installing its second President Dr. David P. Lopez who began his tenure in September 2003.

          "Each and every member of the graduating class of ' 04 is well educated and highly motivated. They represent the very best and brightest in our community”, stated Dr. Lopez, President of NHU. There will be a reception immediately following the commencement exercises that is open to those in attendance. 

          The $25 million campus project at NHU includes: a 3-story, 65,000 sq/ft/ learning facility with 18 classrooms, 2 science labs, 2 computer labs, a learning center, a library and offices.  It also includes: a plaza/amphitheatre, an entry plaza and an athletic field that will be completed in July 2004.  Partners in this effort include: the Sobrato Family, Therma, Inc., Applied Materials Foundation, Koret Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Valley Foundation, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, Morgan Family Foundation, Arrillaga Family Foundation, Devcon Construction, Gordon and Betty Moore and many others.  Although construction is complete, the capital campaign to raise the remaining $10 million continues.   

          The National Hispanic University is an independent, accredited, non-profit university authorized to grant degrees since 1981.  The NHU offers degree programs in business, liberal studies, computer information systems and a credential program for elementary teachers. In addition, the University established in collaboration with the East Side Union High School District the Latino College Preparatory Academy in 2000. It is a charter high school that currently serves 300 ninth, tenth and eleventh graders who are English Language Learners. For more information, please contact Roberto Cruz II at (408) 273-2712.