Posted at: 05/17/2013 6:55 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, gave the commencement speech at the Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, NM.
Biden, an educator for 30 years, spoke to the graduates about tomorrow's challenges.
"College is a place that changes lives for the better. And tribal colleges are especially unique places," Biden said.
This was the second year in a row Navajo Technical College has been named one of the top 120 community colleges in the U.S.
The college has a graduation rate of 80 percent.
Today, Dody Begay was the first student to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in information technology.
"I think it'll leave a really good legacy the college has been really successful in many areas," said Begay.
Biden encouraged graduates to continue to grow and reach out to one another to make it in the real world.
"Many of you come back to your community because you couldn't imagine being anywhere else,” Biden said. “And you come back to you community because you want to continue to serve, serve others as well as they have served you." Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly also attended the graduation. He said he would like to see more visits from Washington including President Obama and Vice President Biden.