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Description: Bottom Row, L to R: Professor Andrea Carroll, Philip Ryan Dore, Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Lauren Ashley Bynum, Professor Randall Trahan Row 2, L to R: Andrew L. Yeates, Mark Richard Deethardt,
Bottom Row, L to R: Professor Andrea Carroll, Philip Ryan Dore, Chancellor Jack M. Weiss, Lauren Ashley Bynum, Professor Randall Trahan
Row 2, L to R: Andrew L. Yeates, Mark Richard Deethardt, Jude Colby David, Charles Jacob Gower, Hester Ruth Dornan, Brittany Layne Stringer, Reid Allen Jones, Laura Elizabeth Springer
Row 3, L to R: Robert Devin Ricci, Randy James Marse, Jr. Joshua Philip Downer, Michael Ryan Rhea, Ryan Keith French, Brittan Jackson Bush, Robert Joseph Juge, III, Dylan Armstrong Wade
The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center awarded degrees to 223 students during Commencement ceremonies held on May 25 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston delivered an inspiring keynote address to the graduates. View the 2012 Commencement Ceremony in its entirety, or click here to view the ceremony in segments.
Some 218 students received the Juris Doctor, Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law and Graduate Diploma in Civil Law, and five students received the Master of Laws degree, according to Chancellor Jack M. Weiss. Dr. William Jenkins, Interim President of the LSU System, conferred degrees on behalf of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Keynote Speaker J. Bennett Johnston told the graduates, “Lawyers are always on the front lines of change. You should seek truth and not accept a thesis simply because the majority believes it.”
Chancellor Weiss spoke to the graduates about the importance of wisdom. “To be wise, to grow in wisdom, in other words, we must be open to the ideas, the concerns, the emotions, the perspectives of others. Wisdom in this vision is a process of continual intellectual and emotional growth. It is a process of striving, not arriving…Only through the collective and diverse experiences of our fellow men and women can we hope to understand the complexities of the world around us.”
“As lawyers, we cannot fulfill our critical role in the social order if we are not open to the ideas of others,” Chancellor Weiss told the Class of 2012. “We can only do our work, in the courts, in negotiations, in the legislature, in interactions between clients and institutions, with our professional adversaries, if we fully absorb, give value and respect to the interests and viewpoints of others.
Chancellor Weiss left the graduates with these words, ““May you be blessed with wisdom. May you continually learn from one another and from the world.”
Five students–Joshua Philip Downer, Ryan Keith French, Michael Ryan Rhea, Brock Russell Skelley and Laura Elizabeth Springer–graduated Summa Cum Laude, ranking within the top two percent of the graduating class. Twenty-one students graduated Magna Cum Laude, and 28 students graduated with Cum Laude honors.
Twenty-one students were elected to membership in The Order of the Coif, a national honorary law fraternity that elects to membership students from the highest ten percent of the senior class. Inductees were honored in separate ceremonies at the Law Center prior to commencement.
The Honorable Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge of the United State Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, was named Honorary Member of The Order of the Coif.
Also joining in this year’s commencement ceremonies were members of the LSU Law Center Class of 1962, this year’s Golden Graduates.