New Student Convocation

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The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
1:40 PM-2:40 PM (Community Hour)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater

This is a closed event and tickets will be required to enter the event.
Registration for tickets will be available on Friday, September 5th at 11 AM. 

Tickets are only available on a first-come, first reserve basis to current John Jay students only. The majority of tickets will be allocated to incoming freshmen and transfer students with some tickets set aside for upperclassmen (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, & Graduate Students).

Students will need to provide their JOHN JAY email address in order to secure a ticket. Students will be allowed to request ONE ticket. Faculty and staff will NOT be allowed to request tickets.

Once you request a ticket online, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to pick up your ticket. You may not send someone on your behalf to collect your ticket and you cannot collect another student’s ticket. No exceptions will be made to these rules.

On the day of the event, doors will open at 12:30PM to the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. Doors will close to the Theater at 1:20pm, if you are not in your seat, your ticket will no longer be valid. Please make arrangements with your professors and/or employers.

For students, staff, and faculty who are unable to reserve a ticket, we will be live-streaming the event at a variety of on-campus locations.


Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954.  She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university’s highest academic honor.  In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.  She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office from 1979-1984.  She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984-1992.  In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992-1998.  She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998-2009.  President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role on August 8, 2009.

Student Convocation serves as your induction into the college community. This celebration is designed specifically for new members of the John Jay College community and symbolically represents the start of a new academic journey. At Convocation, faculty, students and administrators officially welcome new students to the community.

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