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Law and Ethics Expert Robert George to Serve as University of Charleston Commencement Speaker

Release Date:  Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Charleston, W.Va.  – Renowned constitutional law expert and West Virginia native Robert P. George will address University of Charleston graduates at Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. on the school’s Riverfront Lawn in Charleston, W.Va. 

George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

A native of Morgantown, W.Va., George was a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds degrees in law and theology from Harvard University and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland.

George will also be awarded an honorary degree from the University. He will be joined by Charleston cardiologist Dr. Mark Bates and Mountain Stage’s Larry Groce in receiving honorary doctorates. 

The 2012-13 academic year marks UC’s 125th anniversary as an academic institution. UC was founded in 1888 as Barboursville Seminary, renamed Morris Harvey College in 1901, moved to Charleston in 1935 and was renamed the University of Charleston in 1978.

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