Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will be the commencement speaker for Christendom College’s 39th commencement ceremonies, this upcoming May 11-13.
Thomas, the second African-American to join the U.S. Supreme Court, graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and Yale Law School. He became assistant attorney general of the State of Missouri in 1974, before being appointed as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the United State Department of Education in 1981 and the Chairman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1982. In 1991, President George H. W Bush nominated Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of 43, one of the youngest nominees in U.S. history.
As a Supreme Court Justice, Thomas is known for his quiet, stoic demeanor during oral arguments and his conservative viewpoint that challenges, if not surpasses, even late justice Anthony Scalia’s originalism, He has shown his opinions to lean conservative, and he has contributed heavily both to Scalia’s opinion in District of Columba v. Heller and Kennedy’s opinion in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Thomas also penned the conservative majority opinion in Good News Club v. Milford Central School. Thomas, now 69, has served for 26 years on the Supreme Court.
Along with this great honor, the college is hosting a multitude of other events throughout the year in honor of the 40th anniversary, including the 40th Anniversary Gala at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., a month before on April 14, 2018, where Francis Cardinal Arinze will serve as Honorary Chairman and Senator and Mrs. Rick Santorum will act as Chairmen of the Dinner Committee.