For Immediate Release
December 2, 2004
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Rep. Van Hollen is December Commencement Speaker
Read Rep. Van Hollen's speech to the graduates.
"Congressman Van Hollen is an excellent choice, " says Maryland President C.D. Mote Jr. "His understanding of the importance of education to the future of our State and its people has been the hallmark of his rhetoric and action. He is a true friend of the University. I look forward to his counsel for our graduates and for our entire University community."
Rep. Van Hollen just won his second term serving the 8th Congressional District of Maryland, which covers parts of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. Called one of the "rising stars" in Congress by the Roll Call Newspaper, Van Hollen has been recognized for his leadership on issues ranging from education to renewable energy, tax reform and protection of the Chesapeake Bay.
"I am proud that I will be able to share in this important moment in the lives of these graduates," said Van Hollen. "As a long-time supporter of efforts to improve access to higher education for all students, it is a privilege to be a part of the commencement ceremony at this fine university."
The 8th District Congressman has visited the Maryland campus many times. In 2002 he was recognized on campus for his support for Israel-U.S. relations and for Earth Day.
The son of a U.S. foreign service officer, Rep. Van Hollen has traveled the world. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School and an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College.
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