Philadelphia district attorney to speak at Brandywine commencement May 9

May 01, 2015

R. Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney and Penn State alumnus, will be the speaker at Penn State Brandywine’s spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Commons Building Gymnasium on campus.

Williams attended Penn State and served as the president of both the Penn State Black Caucus and the Undergraduate Student Government, where he represented the entire undergraduate student body. He also attended Georgetown University Law Center with the distinction as a Public Interest Law Scholar. After graduation, Williams’ dedication to public service brought him home to Philadelphia, where he joined the district attorney’s office.

In 2009, he was elected as Philadelphia’s district attorney. With more than 75 percent of the vote, Williams became the first African-American district attorney in the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Since taking office in 2010, Williams has put an emphasis on crime prevention. He has transitioned the court system into six geographic zones or bureaus, so Philadelphia can adopt community-based prosecution. Williams received the USA Eisenhower Fellowship award, an award given by the Eisenhower Fellowship, a private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization that fosters international understanding and leadership through the exchange of information, ideas and perspectives among emerging leaders throughout the world. He has also been selected for the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship Program for Leadership, a program only opened to 24 U.S. political leaders who are deemed “rising stars” in their communities.

Williams is an adjunct professor at both Temple and Villanova Universities, and is a major in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army Reserve. Williams serves on many boards, including Invest in Kids, Cardinal’s Cabinet of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, St. Martin de Porres Foundation and West Philadelphia Y.M.C.A. Williams was also elected to the board of directors of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Adopted by Imelda and Rufus O. Williams, he grew up in a hard-working West Philadelphia neighborhood with parents who emphasized the importance of community service.

More than 100 Penn State Brandywine students receiving their diplomas May 9 will join the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world that consists of more than 174,000 members.

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live on Youtube.

  • R. Seth Williams

    R. Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney and Penn State alumnus, to speak at Penn State Brandywine’s spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in the Commons Building Gymnasium.

    IMAGE: R. Seth Williams

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Last Updated May 01, 2015