Proud parents cheered and took pictures as U-of-H graduates made the ceremonial march into TDECU Stadium. But they were also there for a little star power, as former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate.
Trading the Terminator’s leather jacket for academic robes, Schwarzenegger talked about how he came to the US as an immigrant and forged careers as a bodybuilder, actor, and politician. But he told students no matter what they achieve in life, it’s important to remember you can’t do it alone.
“To accept that credit or that medal would discount every person that has helped me to get here today,” said Schwarzenegger. “That gave me advice, that made an effort, that gave me the time, that lifted me up when I fell.”
And after a few more words of encouragement it was time for Schwarzenegger to make his famous exit.
“Hasta la vista, baby. I’ll be back.”
At another Houston school they’ve withdrawn the invitation for their commencement speaker. Senator John Cornyn was supposed to speak Saturday at Texas Southern University, but students at the historically-black school circulated a petition against his appearance.
They cited Cornyn’s support for President Trump’s immigration policies.