Distinguished Graduate to speak at Commencement
Matthew Brunicardi: Distinguished Graduate to speak at graduation
Matthew Brunicardi, the Distinguished Graduate for International
Studies, was one of several Distinguish
Grads who volunteered to be the commencement speaker. The theme of Matthew’s speech is “Don’t just talk about it –
be about it.” He will be one of the speakers Saturday, May 11, at Freeman Coliseum when San Antonio College holds its 85th graduation ceremony.
A native of Brenham, TX, Matthew is a graduate of Port
Aransas High School. He previously attended
community colleges in Austin and Victoria. He started at SAC in 2009 and has
been both a part- and full-time student while working fulltime as a waiter/bartender
at a San Antonio restaurant.
Matthew is vice
president of the Phi Theta Kappa Beta Nu Chapter at SAC and a former member of
the Student Government Association. He
has a 3.76 GPA and hopes to attend law school.
In the big picture Matthew says he would like to be a Foreign Service
officer, create global policy or become a politician.
“I would like to be part of something bigger,” he says.
Matthew, 23, is the son of Carlos and Cathy Brunicardi and
the youngest of six children. He says
his family has been a pillar of encouragement for him.
Projects that Matthew has been a part of while at SAC included
volunteering at the PTK Food Pantry, the Student Fashion Show and helping with
campus tours. He also served as an
intern for Texas State Rep. Mike Villarreal.
“I like that SAC is a tolerant place, and that there is
diversity,” he says. “Everyone is accepting.”
In thefall,Matthew will be attending King’s College (NY) where he
has also received the Presidential scholarship and the King’s Grant.
“The hours I’ve
invested here on campus have not only cultivated my ability to uphold the four
hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa: Leadership, Scholarship, Service, and Fellowship; but also have given me the tools to move forward as an intellectual individual
among the academic community in higher education.”