COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal is speaking to some 1,500 students receiving degrees at the University of South Carolina's summer commencement.
Toal is the first woman to serve on the state's highest court. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law.
The ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Colonial Life Arena. A hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts.
Toal was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1974, and practiced law for 20 years before her election to the state Supreme Court in 1988. She became chief justice two years later. She was re-elected chief justice in 2004 and 2014.