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Congressman Cuellar Delivers Commencement Address at University of the Incarnate Word

Remarks share life lessons from parents, urge students to continue love for learning

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San Antonio, May 8, 2016 | Riley Brands ((202) 226-0507) | comments
Today Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) delivered the commencement address to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Class of 2016.

In his address, the congressman shared lessons he had learned throughout his life from his parents and from his own educational career. The congressman holds five degrees: an Associate of Arts in Political Service (summa cum laude) from Laredo Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (cum laude) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., a Master of Business Administration in International Trade from Texas A&M International University, and a law degree and Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Although the congressman’s parents did not go very far in their formal schooling, they imparted wisdom the congressman has carried with him throughout his career:

• Family comes first.
• Education is the great equalizer in our country.
• Dream big.
• Have a plan for your success.
• Work hard and keep a positive attitude.
• Don’t burn bridges.
• Pay attention to details, and do not leave anything to chance.
• Never give up.
• Give back and make a difference

“There are many, many challenges that lie in front of you and your generation,” Congressman Cuellar said in his address. “My generation saw the end of the Vietnam War, the end of the Cold War, a technological revolution that put a phone, camera, camcorder, calculator, and access to every piece of information in the known universe in our pocket, the rise of terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a resurgence in political extremism, and an increasingly globalized world.

“The challenges your generation will face are unknown and unpredictable, but will no doubt be more challenging and have even greater consequences. It is up to you and your peers to bravely face these challenges head-on.”

“We’re honored that Congressman Henry Cuellar delivered this year’s commencement address,” said Dr. Lou Agnese, UIW president. “Our students and their families learned much from his life story, especially his educational journey, from an associate’s degree to a Ph.D.”

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Congressman Cuellar stands with University of the Incarnate Word Provost Kathi Light as they prepare to walk on stage at the university’s commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon.

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