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Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to Highlight 2014 Convocation

Surprise Announcement Caps President’s State of the College Address

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court will be the featured speaker at a Convocation in September 2014 to launch the College’s 50th anniversary celebration, President Jeremy Travis revealed in his State of the College address on November 4.

“I am thrilled beyond words,” President Travis said after making his surprise announcement, noting that Sotomayor “has graciously agreed to share with us her vision of justice, her stirring story of accomplishment, and her inspirational example for our students. Imagine the excitement when Justice Sotomayor comes to our campus!”

The President’s State of the College address, which has become a fall-semester tradition, was a celebration of recent successes as well as a sketch of the road ahead. “We can justifiably take pride in the progress we have made toward realizing our high ambitions for John Jay,” Travis observed. “This progress is the result of a lot of hard work.” He paid tribute to the “dedication and creativity” of faculty and the contributions of professional staff “who are, without a doubt, the best in the university.” 

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