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

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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