“The best advice I can give is to never give up. Follow your heart. Don’t let obstacles become impenetrable barriers. If someone says you can’t do something, prove them wrong.”   -- State Senator William Delgado

CHICAGO - Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) was honored to be invited back to his alma mater, Northeastern Illinois University, last Thursday as the keynote speaker of the colleges “Welcome Back” event.  The university partnered with AFSCME 31-Local 1989 in hosting the event. 

Senator Delgado delivered a heartfelt speech to students encouraging them to complete their degrees and to follow their dreams.  Students were surprised to find that Senator Delgado came from humble beginnings, similar to many of them and that his success was the sole product of hard work and perseverance. He discussed the importance of having mentors in life and that sometimes failures can be the best educators.  Following his keynote address, Senator Delgado engaged with students in a question and answer session.

“The best advice I can give is to never give up,” said Senator Delgado.  “Follow your heart. Don’t let obstacles become impenetrable barriers. If someone says you can’t do something, prove them wrong.”

Following the event, students and the Senator shared a meal from Nellie’s Puerto Rican Restaurant.

“He was so gracious and spent so much time with us,” said NEIU English department staff member, Toni Scott.  “It was wonderful to have him welcome the students back to school and also give them the opportunity to welcome him back to NEIU.”

Prior to his career in politics, Senator Delgado received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Criminal Justice. He was very active in various school activities, including the Union of Puerto Rican Students.   

PHOTO: Senator Delgado with AFSCME Local 1989 President Ellen Larrimore and Secretary Toni Scott

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