U.S. Supreme Court Justice speaks as RPI graduation
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TROY, N.Y. -- More than 1,100 students take the stage in Troy on Saturday at RPI's 206th commencement.
Over 40 states and 24 nations were represented, as the college handed out a total of 1,742 degrees in fields ranging from engineering to game design to information technology.
On hand to deliver one of the commencement addresses was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Having been confirmed back in 1986, Scalia is the longest sitting member of the U.S. Supreme Court. He said he has a strict policy against giving graduation speeches but was able to offer some advice his father gave to him many years ago.
Scalia said, “Son, brains are like muscles, available by the hour. The only thing that's not for sale is character. So try to have both. You are starting out good, you have the brains or you wouldn't be sitting here."
President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson also presented Justice Scalia with an honorary degree from RPI.