Illinois State Senator and Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Chairman Martin A. Sandoval will be the speaker at Morton College’s 92nd annual Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19th.
“We are honored and privileged to have an individual of Senator Sandoval’s stature share his story of perseverance, determination and success with our graduates on their special day,” said Dr. Stan Fields, President of Morton College. “I have heard Senator Sandoval at an event recognizing student success and he was extremely inspiring. I look for him to make a similar impact at Morton College.”
Senator Martin A. Sandoval is a respected leader in Illinois, a prominent policymaker and is considered one of the nation's leading progressive voices. He is first-generation Mexican-American, born of proud immigrant parents from Guanajuato and Michoacán, Mexico.
In 1982, Senator Sandoval graduated of Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School and went on to continue his studies at Loyola University in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1986.
Senator Sandoval has more than 30 years of leadership experience at the highest levels of state, county and federal government. His service includes appointments to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C. and Chicago. He is currently serving his fifth term as State Senator. Senator Sandoval is the first Latino and current Chairman of the Transportation Committee in the Senate. As a freshman senator, he was the first Latino appointed Chairman of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Today, he is the Chairman of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus.
Sandoval’s core beliefs are rooted in the community. He visits schools throughout the year to motivate youth, and attends LSC and parent meetings to share education policies.
Throughout the years, Sandoval has been instrumental in helping Morton College secure funding for life-safety improvements, facility upgrades and a new 10-classroom, two-story addition that opened in September of 2016. He also has provided Morton College graduates with opportunities to work in government by hiring them to be part of his legislative team.
"I am honored to be Morton College's 2017 Graduation Commencement Speaker. I believe that the core of our youth's success lies in the school system,” said Senator Sandoval. “Therefore, as an advocate for higher education, in 2009, I crafted the Illinois' Capital Program that secured $1.5B for universities."
Senator Sandoval resides in the Chicago Southwest Side neighborhood of Gage Park with his wife Marina, their twins Martin Jr. and Angie and their daughter Jenny.