U.S. Supreme Court

Chief justice returns to his old boarding school for graduation speech, urges persistence

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. emphasized the importance of persistence in a speech on Friday to graduates of the Catholic boarding school he attended in northern Indiana some 40 years ago.

Roberts said Abraham Lincoln was a good example, according to the Associated Press, the South Bend Tribune and the Post-Tribune. Lincoln went bankrupt while running a general store, lost several elections and lost his only Supreme Court case, Roberts said.

Disappointment is inevitable, Roberts said. “How you respond will determine what kind of life you will lead,” he said. “You will succeed if you resolutely determine not to fail.”

Roberts also offered two tips to students who will attend college. The first: “During your first week at college say hello or good morning to everyone you pass and you’ll be remembered as a friendly person.” The second: “Give your faith a chance” by going to a place of worship for at least the first four weeks of college.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy and the ABA Code of Conduct.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.