United States Senator John Cornyn will speak at SMU’s 96th Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. in Moody Coliseum on campus. SMU expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the University-wide ceremony.
Re-elected in 2008 for a second six-year term in the U.S. Senate, Cornyn currently sits on the Senate Armed Services, Finance, Judiciary and Budget committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Refugees and Border Security Subcommittee.
In addition to his legislative committees, Cornyn is chair of the Senate IndiaCaucus, chairman of the Senate Radio Frequency Identification Caucus and vice chair of the Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. He also serves on the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, the Congressional Oversight Group on Trade and the President’s Export Council.
“Senator Cornyn has been a tremendous leader and public servant for the state of Texas and our nation,” said R. Gerald Turner, SMU president. “In the United States Senate, he addresses some of the most critical issues of our time, among them the federal budget, technology, the military, immigration and border security. He has pioneered legislation to make government records more accessible to thepublic. We are honored that he will address our graduates in this special year for SMU, the 100th anniversary of our founding.”