Judge Daniel Hill has been selected as the distinguished alumnus for the Hermiston School District, a title that brings more responsibility this year.
Hill will spend Friday at Hermiston High School, where he will meet with students and administrators and answer questions from seniors about his career. Then on June 7, Hill will be a featured speaker at the HHS commencement ceremony at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
For the last three years, the distinguished alumnus has been announced in May and been a part of the graduation ceremony. The process changed this year, according to a press release from the school district, to give the alumnus a chance to serve as a mentor before graduation.
Hill is a 1979 graduate of Hermiston High School and went on to earn an associate’s degree from Blue Mountain Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and his doctorate from the Willamette University School of Law.
He began his tenure as circuit court judge for the 6th Judicial District in Umatilla and Morrow counties. In 2017 he was promoted to Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Assistant to the Chief Counsel, National Guard Bureau and National Guard Advisor to the Judge Advocate General of the US Army.