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Una's Spring Commencement To Feature Florida State Senator And Alumna Annette Taddeo '92

Apr. 02, 2018

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Bryan Rachal,

University Communications

FLORENCE, Ala.-University of North Alabama alumna and Florida State Sen. Annette Taddeo '92 will be the featured commencement speaker at the UNA spring graduation ceremonies. UNA will host two commencement ceremoniesSaturday, May 12, at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., in Flowers Hall. Taddeo will speak at both events.

Born to an American World War II and Korean War fighter pilot and a Colombian mother, Annette Taddeo's family fled an unstable Colombia when she was 17 and relocated to Miami to build a better life. That decision would prove to be a life changer in many ways for Taddeo, culminating in her most recent election.

On Sept. 26, 2017, Taddeo was elected Florida State Senator for District 40. This was the first time in Florida's history that a Democrat had flipped a seat from red to blue in a special election. She also made history by becoming the first Latina Democrat to serve in the Florida Senate.

However, her Florida beginnings were much more humble. Taddeo worked hard to learn English and earn admission to college. She was able to pay for school through Pell grants and waiting tables, and ultimately turned her experience into a business.

After helping her parents rebuild their home in Perrine in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, Taddeo set out to build her own business, providing translation services. Today, Language Speak provides translations in more than 240 languages and has been named one of the top 100 small businesses in Florida, and one of the top 500 small businesses in the United States.

Taddeo is the wife of Dr. Eric Goldstein and mom to their 11-year-old daughter, Sofia.

A full bio and photo of Annette Taddeo can be found here:https://www.una.edu/university-communications/press/annette-taddeo.html


The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programsthrough the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business,Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA Athletics, a renownedcollegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN and Big South Conferences.The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.