In the photo, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (at far left) takes a moment to capture an image of SFCC’s Fall graduates. The highest ranking Hispanic serving in the U.S. House of Representatives talked to the graduates about the importance of getting an education, using your education and supporting others on their journey. He also reflected upon the college’s 35th anniversary and the role his father, the late Ben Luján, played in the establishment of the college. His father was a longtime member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, serving as Majority Whip and Speaker of the House. “He carried the legislation that created Santa Fe College. And that legislation passed by only one vote,” he said. He added that all graduates should vote and make a difference. He acknowledged the faculty saying, “Teaching is one of the most noble professions.”
Congressman Luján praised the college’s sustainability programs and the impact those graduates will make. He also noted that his father, who belonged to the Ironworkers Union, had to go to California to learn how to weld and how impressed he would be to know that the college now has a welding program.
He emphasized to the graduates to “be proud of what you accomplished, but don’t every stop treating people with respect.”
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