Family, friends and the 275 graduates of the Class of 2012 gathered at the Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore for the UM Carey Law Hooding Ceremony, Friday, May 18.
"You are well on your way to becoming lawyers," Dean Phoebe Haddon told the graduates."As wonderful as that is,what we expect each of you to be is a leader and problem solver, deeply invested with a public purpose."
The graduates, who come from 18 states and seven countries, listened to remarks from Elizabeth Bayly, president of the evening class, Anwar Graves, president of the day class, and Thomas L. Sager, senior vice president and general counsel of DuPont and the event's keynote speaker. Mr. Sager is nationally recognized for his efforts to increase the hiring and retention of women and minorities throughout the legal profession.
His remarks echoed those of Dean Haddon. "Leading by example," Mr. Sager told the graduates, "should be in the forefront of your minds." He urged them to "reset the bar within the bar because justice matters."
Dean Haddon congratulated again the more than 50 graduates who were honored for outstanding academic achievement and professional contributions to the law school.
In closing, she told the class, "You are now part of a distinguished legacy -- one that includes a call to serve your community, whatever your chosen path may be...These are exciting times at this law school. I challenge each of you to be part of its future."