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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Address NYU’s Class of 2012 at Commencement

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will speak at NYU’s 180th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, May 16 at Yankee Stadium. She is one of four honorary degree recipients to be recognized at the ceremony, including New York Times columnist David Brooks, humanitarian Patrick Desbois, and molecular biologist Charles Weissmann.

Sottomayor is a native New Yorker and served as an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law from 1998 to 2007. The school’s Dean and Lawrence King Professor of Law, Richard Revesz, described her as “one of our nation's most accomplished judges." She is the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic member and was the third female to be appointed to the Court. She worked as a prosecutor, law firm partner, and trial and appellate court judge before being selected as a Supreme Court justice in 2009.

Sotomayor, a lifelong Yankee fan, grew up in a housing project in the South Bronx. She overcame great adversity, including the death of her father when she was 9 years old, and went on to pursue her undergraduate education at Princeton and her law degree at Yale. She has worked at almost every level of the judicial system, and has been recognized as “a role model of aspiration, discipline, commitment, intellectual prowess and integrity," according to the White House Office of the Press Secretary.

Quemuel Arroyo (CAS ’12) says he is thrilled that Sotomayor will address his class at graduation. “Like Sotomayor, I also grew up in a minority community in New York City. She symbolizes that hard work and determination do pay off. I am sure her words at Commencement will be a great motivation for myself and my fellow graduates.”

Katharine McCormick (CAS ’98), who earned her BA in Metropolitan Studies at NYU and her law degree at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, agrees. "Sotomayor is a New Yorker who has spent time teaching at NYU, is passionate about her profession, and is now doing great things. She's an excellent choice for a Commencement speaker to send NYU grads off into the world."

In addition to the presentation of the honorary degrees to Sotomayor and the other recipients, the Albert Gallatin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Society will be presented to philanthropist Sylvia Hassenfeld, and the Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City will be presented to Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily Rafferty.

A limited number of Commencement tickets (maximum four per person) are available to NYU alumni. To request tickets, please call Ashley Elich at 212-992-7623.

For more information about NYU’s 180th Commencement Exercises, click here.



For more information about NYU’s 180th Commencement Exercises, click here.

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