Merrick Garland to deliver 5th Grade Commencement

Merrick Garland, President Obama’s pick for the open seat on the Supreme Court, has kept a relatively low public profile while his nomination has been stuck in limbo for nearly three months.

He has been spotted on Capitol Hill meeting with Republican senators, who have stalled his nomination process. And he has delivered a few public speeches that have little to do with his nomination, including one last month at his high school alma mater in a Chicago suburb.

Next week the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will deliver another speech: A mile away from the U.S. Capitol and open to the news media, he will be speaking at an elementary school graduation ceremony in Northeast Washington where Garland, 63, has tutored students for the past 18 years.

Garland is scheduled to deliver the fifth-grade commencement speech for J.O. Wilson Elementary School on June 15 during an “If you can dream it, you can do it!” themed ceremony at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE.

Garland has tutored two of the graduating fifth-graders for years. Every other Monday, Garland meets with Vernell Garvin and Jenifer Morales Garcia to work with them on their homework and talk to them about their futures. He shares stories about his own daughters, and he always brings a deck of cards in case they finish their work early. They will introduce Garland at the graduation. READ MORE