The Morales-Rivera family moved from Chile to Iowa in 1984 in pursuit of the American Dream.
â??We wanted a Consciousness-Based education for our daughters,â?? Tina Morales-Rivera said.
That place for a Consciousness-Based education was at Maharishi University. Tina is graduating with a masterâ??s degree and her 26-year-old twin daughters are receiving their bachelorâ??s degrees.
â??Itâ??s a beautiful thing,â?? Tina said. â??Itâ??s a great privilege. Itâ??s really an honor to be with my daughters today.â??
The Class of 2013 is made up of 334 students who represent 54 countries. This includes 251 graduates and 83 undergraduate degrees.
"They graduated their largest class in history which really underscores the trend the universityâ??s going through right now,â?? Mayor of Fairfield Ed Malloy said. â??They really are on a growth path."
â??Iâ??ve been to a lot of commencements and I donâ??t think Iâ??ve ever been on a platform where Iâ??ve had as many different nations represented as there are here,â?? Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said.
Senator Harkin delivered a humorous, yet moving commencement speech. He says the most important thing to remember in life is to be a part of something bigger than yourself.
â??Get involved in something,â?? Harkin said. â??Think about the pebble you throw in the pond that makes waves that get bigger and bigger and bigger. Even if youâ??re a pebble, even if youâ??re not a senator or a governor, that doesnâ??t make any difference, you can start something in a community.â??
The Morales-Rivera twins plan on taking Senator Harkinâ??s words to heart, furthering their media and communications education in the fall to obtain their masterâ??s degrees.
â??Weâ??ve always loved movies and simply the world of media,â?? Coral Morales-Rivera said. â??We want to change it and bring it to be more self-conscious of the beauty of life.â??