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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at the Southern University at New Orleans Commencement

Release Date: 
May 12, 2012

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

NEW ORLEANS—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today delivered remarks at  the Southern University at New Orleans Commencement ceremony, congratulating the 2012 graduating class and underscoring the remarkable strength and resilience of the Southern University at New Orleans and the entire New Orleans community.

“Across our country, communities are coming together to collaborate, solve problems, make our cities and towns better prepared, and more resilient for whatever might come their way,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Today is not just a day of celebration for this university, but a day to celebrate you as individuals, and congratulate you on your accomplishments.”

Secretary Napolitano first visited the university in March 2009 to announce more than $32 million in funding for the rebuilding of four educational buildings. While at the university, Secretary Napolitano toured the campus to see the university’s progress since Hurricane Katrina. During the ceremony, Secretary Napolitano was honored by the Southern University at New Orleans with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

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