Alumnus Roger L. Gregory will deliver Opening Convocation Address
August 15, 2012
The Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will deliver the keynote address for Virginia State University’s Opening Convocation on Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Gymnasium.
Judge Gregory is the first African American to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Fourth Circuit encompasses the States of Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals by President William J. Clinton on June 30, 2000. After he did not get a hearing before the Senate, President Clinton appointed him to the Court by recess appointment on December 27, 2000. On January 18, 2001, he began sitting on the bench as an appellate judge. Judge Gregory was re-nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate for a lifetime appointment to the Court. Judge Gregory is the only person in the history of the United States to be appointed to the United States Court of Appeals by two Presidents of different political parties.
Judge Gregory graduated from Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude and the University of Michigan Law School. He holds honorary degrees from Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Widener University and Saint Paul’s College. By appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States, he served as Chairman of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the United States Courts from 2006 - 2009. Judge Gregory has received numerous awards including the National Bar Association’s prestigious Gertrude E. Rush and Equal Justice Awards, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award, the Public Service Award from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence; and more recently, he received the William Green Award for Professional Excellence from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Virginia Social Science Association. He serves on the board of ChildFund International and the board of trustees of the University of Richmond and the Virginia Historical Society. He also serves on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Public Education.
Judge Gregory is an active member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg, VA. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Alpha Beta Boulé).