Imprimis - Freedom and Obligation—2016 Commencement Address From Clarence Thomas
May/June 2016 • Volume 45, Number 5/6
Freedom and Obligation—2016 Commencement Address
Clarence Thomas Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Born in
Pinpoint, Georgia, he is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross
and Yale Law School. Prior to his nomination to the Supreme Court in
1991, he served as an assistant attorney general of Missouri, an
attorney with the Monsanto Company, a legislative assistant to U.S.
Senator John Danforth, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S.
Department of Education, chairman of the U.S. Equal Opportunity
Commission, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit. In 2007, he published My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir.
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on May 14, 2016, at Hillsdale College’s 164th Commencement ceremony.
President Arnn, members
of the board of trustees, assembled faculty, families and friends, and,
most important, members of the Hillsdale College Class of 2016, I am
both honored and grateful to participate in these commencement
exercises. It has been some years since my wife Virginia and I have been
to Hillsdale together. Of course we have known Dr. and Mrs. Arnn for
many, many years, and we have been quite close to Hillsdale throughout
his tenure. We admire the work that is being done here to educate young
men and women—one of whom, Hillsdale graduate David Morrell, a wonderful
young man, served as one of my law clerks a few years back. . . . continue reading