CICERO – State Sen. Martin A. Sandoval, D-Chicago, will be the speaker at Morton College’s 92nd annual commencement ceremony May 19, the college announced in a news release.
"We are honored and privileged to have an individual of Senator Sandoval’s stature share his story of perseverance, determination and success with our graduates on their special day,” Morton College President Stan Fields said in the release. “I have heard Senator Sandoval at an event recognizing student success and he was extremely inspiring. I look for him to make a similar impact at Morton College.”
Sandoval, the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus chairman, is first-generation Mexican-American, born of immigrant parents from Guanajuato and Michoacán, Mexico, according to the release.
In 1982, he graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola University in Chicago in 1986, the release stated.
Sandoval is currently serving his fifth term as state senator. His government service includes appointments to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington and Chicago, according to the release.
Sandoval has helped Morton College obtain funding for life-safety improvements, facility upgrades and a new 10-classroom, two-story addition that opened in September 2016, the release stated.
"I am honored to be Morton College's 2017 Graduation Commencement Speaker. I believe that the core of our youth's success lies in the school system,” Sandoval said in the release. “Therefore, as an advocate for higher education, in 2009, I crafted the Illinois' Capital Program that secured $1.5B for universities."