Marguerite Salazar reads the fine print. Her address to Adams StateCollege’s December graduates draws inspiration from the message printed on diplomas and is, therefore, entitled “With all rights, privileges and responsibilities.”
Adams State’s fall commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, in Plachy Hall gym. The college will award 9 associate’s degrees and 82 bachelor’s degrees. Steve Valdez, vice chair of the college Board of Trustees, will give a greeting on behalf of the board, while Nicholas Karpilo will present a message from the class of 2010.
“Traditionally, our fall graduation address is delivered by an ASC alum who has illustrated success and who is a role model for graduating ASC students,” said Adams State President David Svaldi. “Ms. Marguerite Salazar exceeds both of these criteria. There is no better role model for ASC graduates — she is a paradigmatic ASC great story! I am extremely pleased that Marguerite will deliver this commencement address.”
Salazar was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Region VIII, which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. As Regional Director, she plays a vital role in the Department’s effort to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Adams State in 1975 and ’76, respectively.
“What an honor to be asked to be commencement speaker. Completing college is a great accomplishment, and I intend to look the graduates in the eye and help them feel good about their achievement,” Salazar said. “When you think about what rights you acquire by earning a college degree, one is the right to apply for jobs that require that diploma. People will tell you that a college degree is not necessary to command a high salary, but a rewarding career is not all about making money. An education makes you a more well-rounded person with a broader perspective on the world.”