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Justice Sonia Sotomayor to address graduates at University of Rhode Island commencement

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor participates in an annual Women's History Month reception hosted by Pelosi in the U.S. capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  This year's event honored the women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor participates in an annual Women's History Month reception hosted by Pelosi in the U.S. capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This year's event honored the women Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)  (2015 Getty Images)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will address the class of 2016 at the University of Rhode Island and receive an honorary degree.

Sotomayor will attend the Sunday afternoon commencement ceremony at the public university's campus in South Kingstown.

Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

More than 3,300 students will receive their degrees from the school on Sunday. URI says 57 percent of the 2016 graduates are women and 43 percent are men.

Sotomayor's colleague, Justice Clarence Thomas, spoke at Hillsdale College in Michigan last weekend.

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