Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor to deliver Hostos Community College Commencement address

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Sonia Sotomayor will deliver the keynote address at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College’s 39th Commencement ceremony to be held at 5:30 p.m. on June 4, 2010 at Hostos Community College Main Theater, first floor, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York.

The Bronx-born Justice Sotomayor, appointed to the high court by President Barack Obama, began serving on August 8, 2009. She is the 111th Justice, the first Hispanic, and the third female to serve on the court.

Justice Sotomayor is no stranger to Hostos Community College. Her mother Celina Sotomayor is a graduate of the Hostos nursing program, class of ’73.

“I am proud to welcome Justice Sotomayor to Hostos and her home, the great borough of the Bronx, in what promises to be an exhilarating and unforgettable day for the class of 2010,” said Hostos President, Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

The college, part of the City University of New York system, (CUNY), will confer degrees on approximately 350 undergraduate students.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, Board of Trustees Vice Chair Philip Berry, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and representatives of the Board of Trustees will oversee the investiture of Dr. Matos Rodríguez as Hostos’ sixth president. 

About Hostos 

Founded in 1968, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College is CUNY’s first and only bilingual college. Hostos is located in the South Bronx and currently serves more than 6,000 students. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs.

In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students. The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department.

About Justice Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, 55, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Sotomator graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 and received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1979, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to her ascension to the high court, Sotomayor served for six years as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, followed by eleven years of service as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked as an assistant district attorney in New York for five years before entering private practice in 1984.

Justice Sotomayor was a lecturer at Columbia University Law School and an adjunct professor at New York University Law School until 2007.

About President Matos Rodríguez 

Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, 48, is a prominent scholar and educator appointed president of Hostos in July 2009. Dr. Matos Rodríguez is the former Secretary of the Department of the Family in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a cabinet-level post.  He is a graduate of Yale University and earned a doctorate in history from Columbia University. Dr. Matos Rodríguez is a member of the History Department at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center and is presently on leave from his position as associate professor of Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College. From 2000 to 2005, he was director of Hunter College’s Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO.)  He has taught at Yale and Northeastern universities, Boston College, and Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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