The Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna ‘75, Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has been announced as this year’s commencement speaker. Reyna, who will be delivering the 167th annual commencement address, is the first Latino to rise to the second-highest court in the country.
“It is an honor to welcome back to Rochester The Honorable Judge Reyna. He is an outstanding judge, esteemed for his integrity and judiciary achievements, as well as his strong commitment to community,” said University president Joel Seligman in a press release. “I look forward to his address to our 2017 graduating class.”
Reyna, who earned his bachelor’s degree in History, will also be awarded the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal, the University’s award for career achievements and notable service.
He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011, following a distinguished career as an international trade lawyer and well-known legal advocate in the Latino community.