The University of Rhode Island has tapped the first Hispanic woman Supreme Court justice to deliver the school's 2016 commencement speech. Sonia Sotomayor will receive an honorary doctorate of law from the institution.
"She is a true champion for equal rights and social justice in the 21st Century and a magnificent role model for our graduates and the entire community," said URI President David M. Dooley in a release.
Sotomayor received her law degree from Yale School of Law, and served on the federal appeals court before being appointed to the nation's highest court in 2009.
URI's graduation ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 22nd.