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Jose Antonio Vargas to speak at Manoa graduation

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HONOLULU (AP) - A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist will be delivering the commencement address this weekend for the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jose Antonio Vargas is scheduled to speak Saturday at Stan Sherriff Center.

Vargas revealed in a New York Times essay two years ago that he has been living in the U.S. illegally since he was brought from the Philippines as a child to live with his grandparents.

He grew up in California where teachers and school administrators helped him gain college admission, a driver's license and employment. He later landed a job at The Washington Post where he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize.

About 1,100 Manoa students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates at the end of the current semester.

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