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Aguirre Urges Graduates To Serve & Give Back
Released: May 8, 2005

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Richard Veilleux,
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STORRS, Conn .— Fresh from their student days, new graduates of the University of Connecticut should remember to serve others and to give back, based on the advice of Commencement speaker Eduardo Aguirre.

Aguirre, the nation's first director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under Homeland Security, delivered his remarks Sunday at twin undergraduate degree ceremonies held on the Storrs campus of the University.

Said Aguirre, "become the responsible 'gate keepers' who intercede on behalf of those who deserve a break or, at times, a second chance.

"Close behind is the importance of always remembering, and appreciating, those who really cared about you and made a difference in your lives." said Aguirre.

He continued, " What I mean by giving back is quite simple.

"You should remember and repay —in good and material deeds—those who helped you along the way, be they co-workers, fellow students, teachers, family, friends, or perhaps your alma mater.

"Try to be of service to others, help a friend in need, remember the poor and the sick, and remember your parents, as they grow old," he said.

Aguirre received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during the undergraduate ceremonies. Receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts was former Mansfield/Storrs resident Tim Page, now the chief music critic for The Washington Post., where he won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 1997.

Audio, from the 10 a.m. ceremony is online in the MP3 format:

In Part One, Provost Peter Nicholls welcomes families, friends and degree candidates to Commencement and introduces the class representative. (00:04:56 - 2mb)

In Part Two, Eduardo Aguiree, who is introduced by President Philip E. Austin, delivers the Commencement address. (00:13:57 -5.7 mb)

Listen to Part One | Listen to Part Two | Text of the Aguirre address | More about Commencement



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