Lansing Community College

LCC announces 2020 Commencement Speaker

By Marilyn Twine

Justice Bernstein - 2020 LCC Commencement Speaker

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Community College will hold its 62nd Commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein giving this year’s address. The ceremony will be held at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

Justice Bernstein became the first blind justice elected by voters statewide to the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2014. He began his eight-year term in January 2015. He is highly respected for his commitment to justice and fairness.

Bernstein blind since birth has had a lifelong passion to protect the rights and safety of all people, especially those with disabilities. Before his election to the Supreme Court, he headed the public service division for The Sam Bernstein Law Firm. Several of his private practice cases have helped set national standards that provide accessibility in public spaces.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from Northwestern University. 

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

Lansing Community College provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.


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