On Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Freeman Coliseum. A record breaking 853 students crossed the stage to celebrate earning an associate degree, certificate, or GED. About 220 of those students graduating, were students from five of the Palo Alto College’s seven early college high schools.
Rosie Castro, mother of Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, gave the keynote speech that afternoon. Rosie Castro has been active whether it be her career or activism. In 1964 she volunteered with Lyndon B. Johnson's presidential campaign, She served as the party chair in Bexar County, while joining the Raza Unida Party, trying to create more Mexican-American Candidates in Texas. Castro was able to fight and help others, all while raising two young boys.
Castro began her keynote speech by thanking the students. She explained that the students are the reason why the college is seen as amazing, the reason for all these people are gathered together on that day. She spent the rest of her speech explaining to the graduates that they are the future, they are the reason San Antonio will prosper, the reason we can discover new things, and the reason we can solve problems. Castro looked upon these students and explained to them that they are now citizens and it's time for them to go above and beyond to be the best in your life.
Castro finished her speech by saying, “ A good citizen, loves and cares about their community.” Castro is and will always be a great example of a good citizen and there was no better place to explain the meaning of a good citizen then infront of the gradutes families, friends, and the graduates themselves.