EAGLE PASS, Texas (Nexstar) – Wearing a cap and gown is not just an accessory, for many it’s more than that.
Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) delivered the keynote address at the Sul Ross University commencement ceremony and while doing so he finally got to wear a cap and gown. Even as a PhD candidate, Congressman Gonzales never got the opportunity to participate in a formal graduation ceremony.
“For me, this is the very first time in my life I have worn a cap and gown,” said Congressman Gonzales in his address. “I did not graduate high school so I did not walk the stage at graduation. I got my Associate’s degree in the mail because I was fighting in Afghanistan. I got my Bachelor’s degree in the mail because I was having one of my children. I got my Master’s degree in the mail because I was at a new duty station. So I never had the opportunity to experience a graduation like this and let me tell you – it makes me excited for the future ahead. I can feel the positive energy and it is so exciting to see what all of you are going to accomplish in your life.”