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Justice Sotomayor Speaks at Hostos Graduation
Saturday, June 05, 2010
New York, NY —
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told graduates of Hostos Community College in the Bronx that the school played a big role in her family's success.
REPORTER: She said her Puerto Rican-born mother had put off going to college, and by the time she was raising two teenagers, she figured it was impossible. But then Hostos opened in the late 1960s.
SOTOMAYOR: And this opening opened the door to my mother's dreams and it opened the path to where I am today.
REPORTER: Twenty-nine year old Katherine Henriques was at last night's commencement. The Ecuadorian immigrant said she found the Justice's speech about her mother very emotional.
HENRIQUES: It made me cry a little bit just thinking about it. And like she said, like we all struggle and I'm sure she also did.
REPORTER: Sotomayor's mother, Celina, was at the ceremony, and received an alumni medal for being among the first graduates of Hostos.