Governor Tom Corbett to Speak at Duquesne Law School Commencement
Newly elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will serve as the Duquesne University School of Law's Centennial commencement speaker on Sunday, June 5, at the A.J. Palumbo Center.
"I am pleased that our Student Bar Association leaders had the foresight to invite Governor Corbett to serve as commencement speaker, even before his election as governor of Pennsylvania, and I am doubly pleased that he has accepted our invitation," said Ken Gormley, dean of the School of Law, which is commemorating its 100th anniversary in 2011.
Prior to being elected as governor, Corbett served as attorney general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for six years. Among his notable efforts in that role were protecting children from Internet predators and seniors from fraud and abuse. Corbett also served as an assistant district attorney, engaged in private practice and served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
"This is a special moment in the life of the law school. There is no better way to celebrate this milestone, as our students receive their diplomas, than to have the newly elected governor deliver the keynote commencement address," added Gormley. "This will make a spectacular Centennial year even more meaningful and memorable."
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.