Supreme Court justice to speak at Stanford

June 10, 2009 12:29:12 PM PDT
Stanford University's newest class of graduates will be ushered into the "real world" this weekend with words from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

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Kennedy will speak at Stanford's 118th commencement ceremony, being held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The university expects to award roughly 1,750 bachelor's degrees, 2,000 master's degrees and nearly 1,000 doctorates. Kennedy himself is a Stanford alumnus. The Sacramento native earned a political science degree in 1958, according to the university.

The dignified ceremony at Stanford Stadium will begin with Stanford's notoriously undignified preamble. Students will participate in the "wacky walk," a Stanford tradition involving costumes, balloons and signs thanking parents before the solemnity of commencement begins.

On Saturday, American Jewish World Service president Ruth Messinger will give a Baccalaureate address. Stanford neuroscientist and MacArthur Fellow Robert Sapolsky will also speak to graduates and their parents.

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