Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts listens as then-President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Jan. 12, 2016.
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By Katie Reilly
July 5, 2017

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the commencement address at his son’s ninth-grade graduation last month, bestowing advice that ran counter to many typical commencement speeches.

“Now, the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you,” Roberts said. “I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.”

The graduation at Cardigan Mountain School — a New Hampshire boarding school for boys in grades six through nine — was held on June 3 and began to receive widespread coverage online after it was reported by the Washington Post.

Read Roberts’ full remarks here:

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