Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is scheduled to speak at Hillsdale College’s graduation commencement ceremony on May 11, the college announced on March 8.
Cruz, born in Canada to a Cuban immigrant father and Delaware native mother in 1970, attended high school in Texas and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard University’s Law School.
“We are very relieved and we feel very blessed that Ted Cruz is coming to speak to our graduating class,” said senior Lauren Grover, class president. “He has a very diverse background and is a very family-based man. He will be good for us to hear before we go out to make our own paths.”
During his time at Princeton, he competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society’s Debate Panel, a political, literary, and debating society. He received multiple recognitions for his work in the society.
Cruz wrote his senior thesis, “Clipping the Wings of Angels,” on the separation of powers, drawing inspiration from Federalist paper 51.
Cruz has participated in many court cases, most notably a case defending keeping Ten Commandments on the Texas State Capitol grounds, a case maintaining the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in publics schools, and the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, a case defending the Second Amendment.
Most recently, Cruz ran and won the Senate seat left empty by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. He defeated Democratic opponent Paul Sadler by a nearly 16-point margin.
During his time in the Senate, he has been assigned to five committees, including the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on the Judiciary.
Cruz will speak to the 2013 graduating class at Hillsdale on a topic of his choosing.