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Alumnus Miguel Cardona Speaks At UConn Commencement

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 3.
Susan Walsh
Associated Press
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

The commencement speaker at the University of Connecticut’s graduation ceremony this weekend was an alumnus — U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. He said he still consults with people he met at UConn in his current role.

“UConn gave me the skills I needed to take on new challenges, but equally important, the confidence to follow through. If it weren’t for UConn, I can say for certain that I wouldn’t be Secretary of Education.”

Cardona earned four graduate degrees and professional credentials at UConn. He then served as the state Commissioner of Education.

Cardona taped his speech for the virtual commencement at UConn’s football stadium in East Hartford.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.