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Sonia Sotomayor to deliver commencement speech at University of Rhode Island

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 file-pool photo, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks in San Jose, Calif. Sotomayor delivered an impassioned plea to an admiring audience to get involved in politics and legislative elections during a public appearance on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at a private college perched in the hills of northern New Mexico. Sotomayor walked the isles of an auditorium, clasping hands with scores of people while fielding questions about judicial philosophy and describing her hard-scrabble upbringing in a Bronx tenement.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 file-pool photo, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks in San Jose, Calif. Sotomayor delivered an impassioned plea to an admiring audience to get involved in politics and legislative elections during a public appearance on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at a private college perched in the hills of northern New Mexico. Sotomayor walked the isles of an auditorium, clasping hands with scores of people while fielding questions about judicial philosophy and describing her hard-scrabble upbringing in a Bronx tenement. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool, File)  (ap)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been chosen to deliver a commencement speech at the University of Rhode Island.

Sotomayor will address thousands of students and their families at the school's undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 22. She also will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

URI President David M. Dooley calls Sotomayor "a true champion for equal rights and social justice." He says she's a role model for students and the community.

Sotomayor is the 111th justice to serve on the Supreme Court and the first Hispanic and third woman to sit on the nation's highest court.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton in 1976 and her law degree from Yale in 1979.

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