Class of 2020

May 15, 2020

Dear Class of 2020, 
Today is usually one of my favorite days of the year. But this year, I have mixed emotions. I am both saddened and joyful. If COVID-19 had not disrupted our lives, today would be your hooding ceremony. It is a profound disappointment that I will not be honoring you in person, in this moment. However, I feel great joy as I reflect on how proud I am of you, for how you have persevered in the past few weeks and throughout your law school careers. Your success is our greatest triumph, and this is a day, even though we are not together, when we get to revel in your accomplishments. 
One of our traditions on hooding day is for faculty to gather in the atrium to cheer you on as you make your way to the ceremony. It is a way for us to welcome you to the profession and let you know how proud we are of you. Maybe we can’t do that right now, but your professors wouldn’t let this day pass without giving you a round of applause.

Faculty salute to our 2020 graduates!

Next week when we have grades tallied, you will be certified by the Registrar to graduate, and we will launch the Class of 2020 digital yearbook on Wednesday, May 20. I encourage you to share the yearbook with your family and friends, read the messages from your fellow students and from faculty, staff, and alumni, and leave comments all around. We hope it will help you remember that your law school experience was so much more than this crisis.   

You may be done with classes, but the connections you have made here will remain strong and grow with passing time. Your classmates will be your colleagues and maybe even lifelong friends, and the entire Maryland Carey Law community will be a supportive network throughout your career. 
I wish that we could be together today celebrating the great Class of 2020, but I know, with the unique challenges we have faced, it will be all the more special when we can join together and celebrate.  
I will miss you, but I welcome you to the profession as a colleague. 
With fond regards,