Hispanic Higher Education Champion Antonio Flores to Address Graduates at NDNU Commencement, May 3

Antonio Flores

Belmont, Calif., April 24, 2014 — Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), will address more than 400 graduating students of Notre Dame de Namur University during its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 3 at 9 a.m. on Koret Field.

Flores has been president of HACU, which represents 400 institutions of higher learning that collectively serve two-thirds of more than 2.3 million Latino college and university students in the United States and Puerto Rico since 1996. During his tenure as president, HACU has nearly tripled its membership and budget, and has significantly improved legislation, federal and private funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Univision honored Flores as a notable and influential Hispanic/Hispanic-American in 2009, and the Educational Policy Institute recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been listed among the Top Influential Leaders in the U.S. and Latino Community by Latino Leaders Magazine, as well as one of the Top 25 Latino Leaders in Education. Flores holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

The university is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. Koret Field sits on Ralston Avenue, next to the NDNU Theatre. To help minimize traffic, guests will park at Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores and be shuttled by bus to campus. The university has been working closely with the Belmont Police Department to identify systems for controlling traffic and parking situations in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.