U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor addressed 15,000 student graduates at New York University's 180th commencement ceremony Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. NY1's Grace Rauh filed this report.
They called her name as she walked the field. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor returned the cheers with a wave and some words of advice.
"The key to success is continuously maintaining an ever-present curiosity," she told students during her commencement speech at today's New York University graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
The ceremony was a homecoming for Sotomayor. She grew up in a public housing project just a few miles from Yankee Stadium. She also used to teach at NYU Law School.
A lifelong Yankees fan, Sotomayor chided another honorary degree recipient, David Brooks of the New York Times, for not embracing the pinstripes.
"I suspect that having this ceremony at Yankee Stadium may not be so meaningful for the many of you who are not from New York or, the few misguided of you, like David Brooks, who root for the Mets," she said.
The justice's real message of the day centered on her love for New York. She told graduates that the city and its magic is now a permanent part of their lives.
"Having been a part of the fabric of this city, you will always carry its energy inside you," she said. "The city will challenge you to do big things, to accomplish as much as you can."
Some graduates couldn't contain their excitement. And not everyone was ready to leave NYU.
"Surreal," said one. "I don't believe it's happening."
"It was hard, so I'm happy," said another.
"I feel great. I feel great," said a third.
"Ready to go, excited," said a fourth. "After a lot of late nights in the library we did it. It was definitely worth it. I wish we could do it again."