Justice Alito to speak at inaugural Belmont law commencement

University expects 120 in school's first graduation class

Belmont University officials announced today that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will speak at the BU College of Law’s inaugural graduation commencement to be held May 10, 2014.

The event will be held in McAfee Concert Hall, and BU anticipates approximately 120 graduates from the three-year program.

The announcement follows the BU College of Law announcing last week that it had been granted provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association (read more here).

“It is an honor for any law school to have a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court as its commencement speaker, but it is an especially great honor for a law school to have a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court Justice as its first commencement speaker.” Jeff Kinsler, BU College of Law dean, said in a release.

Nashville Bar Association President Tom Sherrard, founding member of Sherrard and Roe, commended Belmont for landing Alito (pictured).

“The involvement of a Supreme Court Justice in the life of a law school, and especially as a commencement speaker, is a mark of high distinction for the College of Law, and it confirms the success the College of Law has enjoyed in its first three years of existence,” Sherrard said.

The BU College of Law is housed in the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center, which opened in August 2012.