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USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez Delivers Commencement Address

WASHINGTON,, June 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last Saturday, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) President & CEO Javier Palomarez addressed the Westminster College class of 2014 – the largest graduating class in the institution's 139 year history. Mr. Palomarez also received an honorary Doctorate from Westminster, Utah's premier private Liberal Arts institution.

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"The USHCC is proud to see our very own Javier Palomarez recognized for his leadership – both as President & CEO of our association – and for his advocacy on behalf of American business," said USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. "We are all honored by the degree conferred upon him by such a prestigious institution, but Javier is no doubt even more delighted by the opportunity to share his thoughts with Westminster's young graduates. Our association extends its gratitude to Westminster College, and wishes the graduating class of 2014 all the best as they pursue their future endeavors."

While Westminster is known for its Liberal Arts program, it provides a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs with more than 70 academic programs to choose from. As a result, most of this year's graduates earned degrees in business administration, public health, and finance.

"It was an honor to have Javier Palomarez speak at this year's commencement ceremony for Westminster College's largest graduating class," said Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, Westminster president. "His passionate leadership in promoting the impact of Hispanic business and creating jobs for Americans is an inspiration to all. Javier's perseverance, passion for education, and support for leadership opportunities for Latino youth is an exciting model for our graduates. We were proud to present him with an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree for his lifetime achievements."

Representing 25 U.S. states and 28 foreign countries, an estimated 610 undergraduates and 367 graduate students participated in this year's ceremony. Westminster's president, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, issued Mr. Palomarez with the honorary degree and introduced him for the keynote.

"As a Utah native and member of the USHCC board, I was thrilled to see Javier inspire the next generation of leaders - individuals who will soon inherit the keys to our nation's economic prosperity and progress," said Don Salazar, CEO of Utah-based Creative Times, Inc. "We thank Westminster College for selecting Javier to deliver the keynote address at their commencement, and look forward to collaborating with the College on our upcoming National Convention in Salt Lake City."

The USHCC will be bringing its national convention and 6,000 guests to the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City Sept. 21 through Sept. 23. To register, visit www.ushccconvention.com.

"As I watched Javier Palomarez receive his honorary doctorate and then take the stage—addressing the largest graduating class in Westminster history—I realized just how impactful of a moment it was for me," said Melissa Flores, Westminster Chief Counsel. "Javier is the embodiment of American dedication and drive; and his ability to advocate for Hispanic businesses leads others to their American dream. I couldn't have been more proud to have him address our graduates."

Mr. Palomarez closed with optimism, telling Westminster graduates that, "Someday very soon, we'll all look back on the class of 2014 and marvel at the remarkable contributions you've made to the communities you've served, the careers you've chosen, and the countless lives you've touched. So in true Westminster spirit: fight for your dreams, seize the future, and defy expectations by committing your lives to something truly exceptional and greater than yourselves."

To learn more about Westminster's programs, visit www.westminstercollege.edu.

About USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.

For more information, visit www.ushcc.com

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CONTACT: Ammar Campa-Najjar Associate Director of Communications 619-721-5148Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce