JONESBORO, AR --(ASU Press Release) Governor Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa of Queretaro, Mexico, told nearly 1,200 Arkansas State University graduates that “education is more than gaining knowledge and skills; it’s the foundation of the present and future of every society”.
He spoke at both of A-State’s commencement ceremonies Saturday in the Convocation Center.
Governor Calzada was the distinguished speaker for the events that included a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. for graduates in the Colleges of Education, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Media and Communication, and University College.
The second ceremony began at 2:30 p.m. and featured the Colleges of Agriculture and Technology, Business, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions, and Sciences and Mathematics.
“Commencement is always a time of excitement for graduates, their families and friends,” said Dr. Tim Hudson, Chancellor at Arkansas State. “This is a milestone event in our graduates’ lives and we commend them.”
In early February 2014, Arkansas State and private investors in Queretaro break ground on the first United States university residential branch campus in Mexico.
“I celebrate being a part of an academic event with such relevant and diverse meaning for everyone,” stated Calzada, the first foreign elected official to address A-State’s graduates.
“Education is the tool that strengthens the ties between the United States and my country, Mexico.”
Elected governor in 2009, Calzada’s administration put a high priority on expanding higher education and research.
Queretaro is one of the most attractive regions for international investment in Mexico.
Hundreds of prominent multinational corporations such as Bombadier, Eurocopter, New Holland, Unilever, Nestle and General Electric have headquarters or major operations in Queretaro.
Chancellor Hudson closed the ceremony by inspiring the fall 2013 graduates to become agents of change.
“The destiny of our country, indeed the world, is in your hands,” he said. “Please accept my encouragement to follow Ghandi’s admonition and be the change you want to see in the world.”
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