Wednesday, May 22
Santa Fe Community College President Ana M. “Cha” Guzmán has announced that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will be the keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony. SFCC’s graduation is Wednesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. in the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center on the SFCC campus, 6401 Richards Ave.
“We’re very pleased to have such a rising star inspire our graduates this year,” said SFCC President Ana M. “Cha” Guzmán. “I am very proud of each and every graduate of the Class of 2013.”
A 38-year-old San Antonio native, Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city. First elected in 2009, Mayor Castro won re-election in 2011 with nearly 82 percent of the vote. Throughout his tenure, Mayor Castro has focused on attracting well- paying jobs to and raising educational attainment in San Antonio. Under his leadership, the city opened Café College, a one-stop center offering high-quality guidance on college admissions, financial aid and standardized test preparation to any student in the San Antonio area. In its first year, Café College served more than 5,000 area students, spurring an expansion in 2011.
In 2010, Mayor Castro was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders and Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics. Mayor Castro serves on the board of directors of the National League of Cities, is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue and is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow. Mayor Castro earned an undergraduate degree with honors and distinction from Stanford University and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. In 2001, at the age of 26, Castro became the youngest elected city councilman at that time in San Antonio history.