The Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn, Chief Justice Of The Supreme Courtroom Of Virginia, To Ship Keynote Handle At Hampton College’s Opening Convocation On Sunday, October 1

Annual Ceremony Marks the Official Begin of 2023 Educational Yr


Hampton, Va. (Sept. 26, 2023) – Hampton College will mark one other milestone in its 155-year historical past because the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn, Chief Justice of the Supreme Courtroom of Virginia, will ship the keynote tackle on the eightieth Annual Opening Convocation on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Convocation Heart. This occasion is open to the general public.

In a ceremony that marks the start of the educational yr, Hampton welcomes the most recent and largest cohort of younger students since 2016 and their households and buddies to the college. “Hampton College is honored to welcome Chief Justice Goodwyn to our House by the Sea,”mentioned Hampton College President Darrell Ok. Williams. “His renown as a person with a coronary heart of service, Chief Justice Goodwyn is a exceptional instance of management, an unyielding dedication to excellence, and an unusual dedication to public service to which our college students and all in attendance might aspire.”

Following his appointment in 2007 to the Supreme Courtroom of Virginia by Governor Timothy M. Kaine, S. Bernard Goodwyn was unanimously elected by the Normal Meeting to a 12-year time period in 2008. He was reappointed by the Normal Meeting to a second 12-year time period in 2020. The Justices of the Supreme Courtroom of Virginia unanimously elected him to function the following Chief Justice, following Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, efficient January 1, 2022.

Chief Justice Goodwyn served as a circuit court docket decide for ten years and as a common district court docket decide for 2 years.

Previous to his service on the bench, Chief Justice Goodwyn was in personal regulation observe and served on the college of the College of Virginia Faculty of Regulation. Chief Justice Goodwyn has served as a member of the Virginia Code Fee and the Judicial Council of Virginia, as a subcommittee chair of the Virginia Supreme Courtroom Judicial Efficiency Analysis Job Drive, as a member of the Working Group for the Institution of Tips for Compensation of Courtroom-Appointed Counsel, as a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Bench E-book for Judges and Attorneys, as a member of the Joint Subcommittee Relating to Commissioners of Accounts, as member of the Virginia Supreme Courtroom Virginia Courts within the twenty first Century Job Drive, and as Decide of the Chesapeake Drug Remedy Courtroom Program, and is the previous co-chair of the Virginia Entry to Justice Fee.

A Southampton County native, Chief Justice Goodwyn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an undergraduate diploma in economics and was a member of the varsity soccer and monitor groups at Harvard. Chief Justice Goodwyn acquired his regulation diploma from the College of Virginia Faculty of Regulation, the place he was an editor for the Virginia Tax Overview, a member of the Raven Society, and a recipient of the Ritter Award for honor, character, and integrity.

The Opening Convocation Ceremony can be live-streamed at

ABOUT HAMPTON UNIVERSITYHampton College is a complete establishment of upper training, devoted to the promotion of studying, constructing of character and preparation of promising college students for positions of management and repair. Its curriculum emphasis is scientific {and professional} with a powerful liberal arts undergirding. A traditionally Black establishment, Hampton College is dedicated to multiculturalism, serving college students from numerous nationwide, cultural and financial backgrounds. Analysis and public service are integral elements of Hampton’s mission. With a view to improve scholarship and discovery, the college is engaged in writing, analysis, and grantsmanship. In reaching its mission, Hampton College presents exemplary applications and alternatives which allow college students, school and workers to develop, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and helpful method. For extra data, go to

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