May 10, 2010
Congratulations to the Class of 2010, the largest class, with 176 members, to graduate in Colorado Law history. After the traditional procession across the Boulder campus to Macky Auditorium, led by bagpipes, the faculty and administrators applauded the class as it entered the auditorium. The 115th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony started on May 7 at 6:00 pm with a welcome speech by Dean David Getches, followed by Professor Paul Campos’ recognition of the Order of the Coif members and introduction the Honorary Order of the Coif Recipient, Lorenzo Trujillo ’93. Class President Jon Fee made a short speech recounting the past year and wishing his classmates well. Class Vice President Jenna Seigel recognized this year’s student and faculty awards, Class Treasurer Erik Schuessler presented the class gift--a large standing clock in the Goldstein Courtyard, and Class Secretary Katie Kramer introduced Keynote Speaker Mayor John Hickenlooper.Mayor Hickenlooper gave the graduates three main points: be nice, work hard, and be lucky. He spoke about the importance of relationships and that consensus comes from building relations, which has helped him be effective. Then, Registrar Cindy Gibbons read the names of each graduate, who received their diploma from Associate Dean Dayna Matthew and congratulations from Dean Getches. And, as tradition, Dean Getches read the Charge by Don Sears (Dean, 1968-1973).The Sears ChargeYou have now received the Juris Doctor degree. Please do not take undue pride in this title, for in the final analysis the test of your professional fitness will lie not in your title, but rather in your service to society and in the extent to which you combine professional skills with humane concern, legal learning with intense integrity, great energy with high ideals. What kind of lawyer you will be depends in large part on the kind of person you are. I hope you may continue to grow and that, in the years to come, you will live the most challenging life of all: the life of the mind, the life of service. To you all, we wish great success in your chosen profession.Congratulations Class of 2010 and good luck!