Commencement Speaker

The Honorable Theodore McKee   

Judge McKeeTheodore McKee was sworn in as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1994, and became Chief Judge in 2010.  He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1975 where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and earned several honors for outstanding academic performance.

He began his legal career at a large Philadelphia law firm, but left in 1977 to begin a career in public service. He has since been an Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Solicitor to the Law Department of the City of Philadelphia, and General Counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority.  

He was elected to a 10-year term as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. While seated on the Court of Common Pleas, Judge McKee chaired the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission.

He was appointed to the Court of Appeals by President Clinton shortly after being retained for a second 10-year term on the Court of Common Pleas.

Judge McKee serves on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations and institutions including the Vera Institute of Justice, Syracuse University, Temple University, and City Year of Philadelphia.  He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of Temple Law School and an honorary member of the Board of Visitors of Syracuse University Law School, and an advisor to the American Law Institute's Project to revise the sentencing provisions of the Model Penal Code. He previously served on the Criminal Law Committee of the United States Judicial Conference.

Judge McKee's official travels have included trips to Ghana and Russia, where he had the honor of addressing the Council of Russian Judges on the Independence of the American Judiciary.

Student Speakers

David Layne
Day Division

Renee Leverette
Evening Division

Commencement Day Schedule

  1. 1:00 PM
    Prize Ceremony
    Temple Performing Arts Center
  2. 2:00 PM
    Graduate Reception
    Klein Hall
  3. 3:00 PM
    Graduates report to Liacouras Center Robing Area
    Liacouras Center
  4. 4:00 PM
    Commencement Ceremony Begins
    Liacouras Center

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