Lake Front Staff
This Spring’s graduation ceremony had a pair of celebrities in attendance. That’s because San Antonio’s favorite twins, Julian and Joaquin Castro, were in attendance watching their mother Rosie Castro receive an honorary doctoral degree during the ceremony.
The Castro twins have long credited their mother, Rosie Castro, for instilling in them a deep sense of education and public service.
“My mother has been an inspiration for many in San Antonio,” Joaquin said. “She showed us the importance of service, the value of education and the impact that involvement in politics at every level can have on a community. I’m proud my mom will receive this honorary doctorate from her alma mater.”
Julián Castro, who served as former Mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Obama administration, will be the commencement speaker. Julian garnered the national spotlight in 2012 when he was the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Additionally, Time magazine placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics.
Castro’s mother, Rosie Castro, graduated from Our Lady of the Lake in 1971 with a bachelor’s in Spanish, and in 1971 became one of the first Chicanas to run for City Council. She served as Bexar County chair for a new political party, La Raza Unida, and gave voice to many Mexican Americans. Rosie earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
For Rosie Castro, receiving an honorary PhD was a great way to spend Mother’s Day. “It’s a really big honor,” said Rosie, who has devoted her life to public service. “It’s a particularly great feeling to get an honorary PhD on Mother’s Day. I have often thought of pursuing a PhD,” Rosie said. “I’m sorry I never did. But this will be super special because this is on Mother’s Day, Julián will be speaking, family will be there and all those kids will be getting degrees. The Lake has always been a place that has meant opportunity for others. I’m glad to see it is providing the same opportunities for students of this generation.”
The commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 14, at Freeman Coliseum. During the ceremony, OLLU handed out more than 500 degrees making it the most successful in recent history.