On May 25 the NUSL class of 2012 graduated after three years of hard work and dedication to the law. I was among NUSL’s 2012 graduates and I must say that it was a beautiful ceremony. After the class of 2012 proceeded to their seats, our professors walked down the aisle and onto the stage: this was a bitter/sweet moment for me. I was a bit saddened by the fact that I no longer have the opportunity to take a class with such brilliant professor’s. However, I quickly remembered that although my law school career came to an end, that did not mean the end of my relationships with my professor’s. NUSL professor’s made it clear that I, along with the rest of the class of 2012, can still reach out to them with any questions, concerns, career advice, life advice, or even just to talk. I realized that graduating from law school and ending my law career DOES NOT mean that all of the meaningful relationships with my professor’s had to come to an end. In fact, one of the aspects that I love about NUSL is the fact that my professor’s have always been there for me during my tenure as a student, and will always be for me in the future.
Another aspect that stood out to me at commencement was Jacqueline Berrien’s speech. Ms. Berrien was the key-note speaker for commencement. She is the Chair of the EEOC and has spent her entire career fighting to give a voice to those underrepresented in the community. Ms. Berrien’s speech was very motivational to me. She spoke upon the progression of her career, and further gave advice to the class of 2012. The day before graduation I had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Berrien in a “one-on-one” chat. It was great meeting with her in a small setting and being able to ask her questions about career choices.
The best part of graduation was walking across the stage and attaining my diploma. I will never forget the moment that I looked into the crowd and say the smiling faces of my Mother and Grandmother as I walked across the stage. That memory will forever stay embedded in my mind.
In all, commencement was a memorable event that I will never forget. If you did not have the chance to attend the NUSL commencement ceremonies, you can watch it here: