Chairman of CHCC Roy M. Perez earns Honorary Degree

   SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CAHCC) congratulates its Chairman Roy M. Perez for receiving the Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters from San José State University. Since 1963, the university has awarded only 23 honorary degrees. On Wednesday, Perez become the twenty-fourth recipient in San Jose State University’s history to be conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree.
San Jose State University President Mohammad H. Qayoumi stated “to be considered for an honorary degree, nominees must be “distinguished in their fields and must have demonstrated intellectual and humane values that are consistent with the aims of higher education and the highest ideals of the person’s chosen field.”  Through an analytical process, the Board of Trustees recognizes the excellence and exceptional achievements of the nominated candidates.”
“If I have learned anything, it is that we can be kind, without being weak; we can be generous, without feeling as though we’ve been leveraged; we can love our country for the opportunities this remarkable democracy provides,” said Perez. “We can dare, we can challenge, we can be proud, we can love our neighbor, we can pray for a strong, healthy and safe society; we can begin each day developing strategies to lift up those who want what we have been given.”
Coming from humble beginnings, Perez worked in the cotton and apricot fields with his brothers and sisters, earning 10 cents a day.  The tireless and honorable work Perez and his family endured gave him the strength and endurance to achieve great successes. Perez is now the President and CEO of RMP Strategies Inc. an advocacy and public relations firm, and is the chairman of California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce..
“I am a product of the fields. I was not born to wear robes,” said Perez. “The fact that all of us are here together is proof enough that we are all dreamers. We want a world of thoughtfulness and hope.”
“We are proud of Roy and congratulate him and his family on this great honor that has been bestowed upon him,” said President and CEO of CAHCC Julian Canete. “Throughout his life, he has been a hard worker. His zeal and determination has helped him accomplish many victories for the Hispanic community..”

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