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Celebrating Roosevelt University's 70th Anniversary

Apr 15, 2015

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House floor in honor of his alma mater, Roosevelt University's, 70th anniversary.

Below is a video and transcript of the speech. 

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate my alma mater, Roosevelt University, on 70th anniversary of its founding in Chicago, Illinois.

From its founding, the university has stood by its mission: to make higher education available to all students, regardless of their socio-economic status, racial or ethnic origin, age, or gender. 

At the 1945 dedication of Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt said, “We can prepare to help the rest of the world and do it without fear, do it with good will.”

For 70 years, the university has upheld the values of inclusiveness, opportunity, and social justice.

In the next 70 years, I know Roosevelt will continue to provide transformational experiences and opportunities for discovery, shaping generations of socially conscious citizens.

I had an extraordinary experience at Roosevelt–learning as much from my fellow students as from my classroom work.

And the school was very kind to me. 

As my friend, colleague and fellow alum Bobby Rush said, “Roosevelt loved me before I loved Roosevelt.”

Congratulations to Dr. Chuck Middleton and the entire Roosevelt community on the university’s 70th anniversary. 

Go Lakers!

Thank you and I yield back.