Dr. Jill Biden takes a picture with NTC’s board of trustees and NTC President Dr. Elmer J. Guy. Pictured from left to right are American Indian College Fund Student of the Year, Dwight Carlston; Board Chair, Tom Platero; Dr. Carolyn Thomas Morris; Dr. Jill Biden; Dr. Elmer J. Guy and Board Vice Chair Harry Claw.
Photo by Daniel Vandever/NTC
|CROWNPOINT, NM - On May 17, 2013, Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden addressed 176 graduating students and their families at Navajo Technical College’s (NTC) Spring Commencement in Crownpoint, NM.
Dr. Biden visited NTC after the college was recognized for the second consecutive year as being one of the top 120 community colleges in the United States by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, and in part, because of the college’s graduation rate near 80 percent.
“All of you graduating today stand on the shoulders of those who came before you – your parents, your grandparents, and all of your ancestors. It is their vision, and their determination that created this community and built this college,” explained Dr. Biden. “So as we celebrate your accomplishments here today, we also remember and acknowledge their sacrifices to make this all possible.”
Dr. Biden, a community college teacher and wife of U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, honored Navajo Technical College by speaking at their commencement ceremony. She writes about the important role Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) play in President Obama’s educational goal of making the United States home to the best-educated, most competitive workforce in the world. Dr. Biden also writes about the critical role TCUs play in building tribal communities, creating good jobs across Indian Country, and providing Native Americans with the skills they need to do those jobs.
Read Dr. Biden’s full blog here!