Eleanor Holmes Norton is awarded the Marshall-Wythe Medallion during the 1997 Law School Commencement ceremony.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democratic Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, will speak at The College of William and Mary's Law School diploma presentation on Sunday, May 11. The ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Stadium, following commencement at 1 p.m. in William and Mary Hall.
Norton, a civil rights leader, former National Public Radio columnist and law professor at Georgetown University, was chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under President Jimmy Carter. Now serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives, Norton was named one of the 100 most important American women by Ladies' Home Journal magazine, and one of the most powerful women in Washington by Washingtonian magazine, before seeking office.
She is currently co-chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Study Group—the policy arm of the House Democrats—as well as the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Arts Caucus.
Norton holds an undergraduate degree from Antioch College in Ohio, as well as a law degree and a master's degree in American studies from Yale University. She has received more than 60 honorary degrees, and has served on the boards of three Fortune 500 companies, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar Association.