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Supreme Court Justice Breyer to speak at Stanford homecoming

STANFORD -- Newly appointed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, a member of Stanford's Class of '59, will be the keynote speaker at the university's Reunion Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 13-16.

Breyer is one of about 6,000 alumni who are expected to attend the Reunion Homecoming Weekend, which also will feature roundtable forums, “Classes Without Quizzes,” the Stanford- University of Southern California football game and a homecoming parade.

This year's reunion classes, ranging from 50-year to five-year anniversaries include the classes of '44, '49, '54, '59, '64, '69, '74, '79, '84 and '89, as well as graduate degree holders from the School of Earth Sciences.

Breyer's speech, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in Frost Amphitheater, will be followed by a special graduation ceremony to honor alumni from the class of 1944 who missed their original commencement because of service in World War II.

Breyer, 55, originally from San Francisco, majored in philosophy at Stanford before studying at Oxford and graduating from Harvard Law School. While at Stanford, he was a member of Delta Sigma Rho, a national honorary speech and debate fraternity, and co-chair of the Foreign Scholars Commission, a student organization that assisted international students in their transition to Stanford.

Before being named to the high court, Breyer was chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Other Stanford graduates on the U.S. Supreme Court are Chief Justice William Rehnquist, '48, and Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, '50 and Anthony Kennedy, '58.

Breyer's talk is open to the public, as are other events during the homecoming weekend. No advance sign-up is necessary, and most events are free. Among them:

Postparade festivities will continue on Hamilton Avenue in front of City Hall, where Palo Alto's yearlong Centennial Celebration will conclude with the unveiling of a centennial wall and a time capsule ceremony. Music and food vendors will accompany the celebration.



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