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John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States, will receive an honorary degree from the College of the Holy Cross and address this year’s graduates during the Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. on the campus.

Nominated by President George W. Bush, Chief Justice Roberts took his seat on the Supreme Court on September 29, 2005. Prior to joining the Supreme Court as the 17th Chief Justice, he was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. He served as a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979 to 1980 and as a law clerk for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1980 Term. He was Special Assistant to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1981 to 1982, Associate Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, White House Counsel’s Office from 1982 to 1986, and Principal Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1989 to 1993. From 1986 to 1989 and 1993 to 2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

Chief Justice Roberts is married to Jane Sullivan Roberts, a 1976 graduate of Holy Cross and current member of the College’s Board of Trustees. They have two children, Josephine and John.

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Worcester, Massachusetts


College of the Holy Cross, graduation


Arts and Humanities | Higher Education

2007 Commencement Address:  John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States



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