Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will address the Class of 2017 during commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
General Shapiro works to combat crime, uphold individual rights, and protect consumers. He is the sixth person elected to the office, and was sworn in on January 17, 2017 as the Commonwealth’s top lawyer and chief law enforcement officer with a mandate to ensure integrity and be the people’s attorney general.
Throughout his career as a public servant, General Shapiro has risen above politics and taken on the status quo to protect Pennsylvanians. Some of his top priorities include protecting seniors, veterans, small businesses and consumers from scams and fraud; implementing a comprehensive integrity agenda to ensure people from across the Commonwealth are heard and have faith in the justice system; and directing an aggressive fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic, including treatment for those suffering from addiction.
General Shapiro’s work has earned him a national reputation as a rising progressive leader and bipartisan consensus builder.
As chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, his work on behalf of victims and for criminal justice reform earned him the trust of law enforcement leaders from across the ideological spectrum.
As chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, General Shapiro led a historic fiscal turnaround, helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania marry, protected voting rights, and fired Wall Street money managers to protect pensions and save retirees millions. As state representative for Pennsylvania's 153rd House District, he passed some of the toughest ethics laws in state history. General Shapiro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester and earned his law degree at night from Georgetown University Law Center. He was in private practice for over a decade, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. General Shapiro was raised in Montgomery County, where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where they are raising their four children.