Merrick Garland Tears Up During Fifth Grade Commencement Address

He also quoted Dumbledore.

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland couldn't help but tear up while giving a commencement address to the fifth grade class at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Garland has tutored and mentored students at the school for 18 years.

“He doesn’t just tutor somebody for a year," Principal Heidi Haggerty told WUSA9 in March. "When he takes on a student, he follows them for many years.”

Garland got emotional while speaking about his own daughters' fifth grade graduation.

"Later today, when your family wants to take one more picture or give you an extra long hug, please let them. Don't roll your eyes," Garland said.

Garland also advised the students to look out for their friends as they navigated through middle school, "even if that means letting them know that they're wrong." Garland used the wise words of Professor Albus Dumbledore from the "Harry Potter" series to help make his point.

"As Professor Dumbledore told the Hogwarts class at the end of their school year, 'it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but as much to stand up to your friends.'"

In May, Garland gave the commencement address at his high school alma mater, Niles West High School, near Chicago, where he encouraged students to devote time to public service.

Watch a video of Garland's speech above.




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