Local NDNU Student Recognized by President Obama Graduates

Local NDNU Student Recognized by President Obama – Graduates; Brain Tumor Does Not Stop His Learning Goals

Belmont, CA, April 30, 2013 “Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future,” President Barack Obama said in his much-discussed September 8, 2009 address to millions of U.S. schoolchildren. One of the students he signaled out that day in his back-to-school speech was in-coming Notre Dame De Namur (NDNU) freshman student, Andoni Schultz.

“I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.”

Fast forward four years later, on Saturday, May 4, Andoni will be one of 425 students who will walk across the stage to receive a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame De Namur University. He has overcome more than a dozen brain surgeries in his 22 years of life, but never quit his dream to one day earn a college degree. He worked extra study hours, crediting tutors and staff at NDNU Academic Success Center for helping him with his homework and tests.

“When I was three years old diagnosed with brain tumor, my parents didn’t event think I would survive, let alone go to college,” said Andoni Schultz. “I’ve accomplished what I’ve always wanted to do and made it through life. I’m really excited that I’ll be graduating.”

“Andoni pushed himself and took responsibility for his learning, to be able to live at the dorms, meet people, to enjoy himself,” said Dr. Peggy Koshland-Crane, NDNU Academic Success Center Director. “I believe he has gone beyond the statements President Obama had made.”

Notre Dame de Namur University is an independent Catholic, coeducational institution serving 2000 students. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame of Namur, Belgium in 1851 and chartered by the state in 1868, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement. The University is fully accredited and offers 21 liberal arts and career preparation undergraduate programs, and 12 graduate degrees and four credentials. The 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, California, just south of San Francisco.

NDNU Graduation
When: Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m.
Where: Koret Field, located on Ralston Avenue next to the NDNU Theatre in Belmont, CA
Commencement Speaker:  California State Senator Jerry Hill