Seton Hall Law 2014 Commencement: Speeches, Photos, Enjoy!
Seton Hall Law celebrated its 60th Annual Commencement with the graduation of 291 students on Friday, May 23 at the Prudential Center. Kenneth Feinberg, renowned attorney in dispute resolution, received an honorary degree and was the celebrated speaker. Here are excerpts from the speeches presented at Commencement. Read the remarks and enjoy the photos on Flickr!
Invocation by Father Nicholas Gengaro, Chaplain
At World Youth Day in October, 2013, Pope Francis captured the imaginations of youth and young adults, believers and non-believers alike with appeals like the following:
If we want [life] to have real meaning and fulfilment, as you want and as you deserve, I say to each one of you, 'Put on faith,' and your life will take on a new flavor, it will have a compass to show you the way; 'put on hope' and every one of your days will be enlightened and your horizon will no longer be dark, but luminous; 'put on love' and your life will be like a house built on rock, your journey will be joyful, because you will find many friends to journey with you.
Welcome Remarks by Patrick C. Dunican Jr. '91, Chairman of the Seton Hall Law Board of Visitors and Chairman and Managing Director, Gibbons P.C.
With all due deference to any other institution, the success of the Seton Hall law family represents nothing short of a dynasty in the legal profession. Seton Hall counts among our graduates: countless New Jersey judges, federal judges, business executives, CEOs, distinguished educators; general counsel, federal prosecutors, successful lawyers at big firms, at medium firms and at small firms and, of course, the sitting Governor of the State of New Jersey.
Your Seton Hall degree is a ticket on a voyage where you alone decide where to journey, where to explore, where to help and where to conquer. No matter where you pick -- the ride along the way is sure to be exhilarating, exciting and downright fun.
Commencement Speech by Kenneth Feinberg
I have witnessed firsthand how we as a nation come together as one in times of national tragedy: September 11, the Boston Marathon bombings, the shootings at Virginia Tech, Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado. When such horrors strike, we circle the wagons, lock arms, and reinforce the notion that we are one – ready to help the victims, their families and the community.
Community resilience occurs when individual citizens – like each of you – stand up for a cause greater than self. This is what individual community leaders do in the wake of tragedy.
But, it should not take a national tragedy to reinvigorate and reinforce our sense of community, our obligation to make community writ large a priority. What happened to President Kennedy’s call to arms, demanding that each and every citizen, “make a difference” in advancing community wide priorities?
This message should be your priority, whether you choose a career in private practice, government service, business, education or countless other means of self-fulfillment.
Student remarks, presented by William T. Walsh, Jr., whose speech was selected by his classmates:
We may face hazard, but we know that when we move forward, we are not alone. We always have one another to rely on. We always have one another to call on in the face of adversity. We always have one another because of Seton Hall. Think about it. The same person, who took notes for you in contracts class when you were sick, is going to be the judge who grants you an extension on your motion when you have to take care of your child’s chicken pox. The same person who sent you the facts of the case over G-Chat when you were unprepared and got called on in civil procedure, is the same person who will share tips about what a particular judge wants to see in your brief. (By the way, G-Chat is the ultimate adversary for the Socratic method). The same person, who watched your stuff in the library when you went to get coffee, will be the same person you refer a client to when you have a conflict in representation.
Why do we have this confidence in one another? Because we all started at the same place, at the same time, with the same dreams. We know what it’s like to sweat outside a room right before an OCI interview. We know what it’s like to feel the triumph of completing final exams after 1L year, only to plummet back to reality and begin slaving away for the Journal Write on competition. We all know what it’s like to read, re-read, take notes, and then outline for four months only to have a single five-hour exam to prove you truly have mastered the course’s material. We’ve been through it all together. We can all attest to one another’s battle readiness. And it is this school that has given us the chance to realize that.