Published: May 13, 2005

Keynote Speaker Sen. Gary Hart Calls on Class of 2005 to Serve.On Friday May 6 the 172 members of the Class of 2005 processed from Fleming Law Building to Macky Auditorium to receive their diplomas as graduates of the University of Colorado School of Law.  In addition to the J.D. degrees awarded to the Class of 2005, the Law School conferred several honorary awards.  Ernest L. Duran, Jr. – ’81 and father of Student Bar Association President Crisanta Duran ’05 – received the Honorary Order of the Coif.  Former Colorado Law Dean of Career ServicesTony Bastone and former Dean of Alumni Relations David Gosser returned to Boulder to receive emeritus recognition.  In his keynote address former U.S. Senator Gary Hart charged the graduates with a solemn to serve their country and community.  “For a dangerous mission behind British lines in 1775, General George Washington sought volunteers from a group of young officers.  One stepped forward.  His name was Nathan hale.  He said simply: “I wish to be useful”…By becoming an officer of the court, you already have one foot in the public life of your community, your society, and your nation.  Today I want to challenge you to take that position seriously and, at least for some of you, to think about putting the other foot in that area for at least a portion of your lives, to say to some future national leader—even if not a George Washington—I wish to be useful.” Epitomizing the spirit of service to the community, Class Vice President and winner of the Outstanding Student Award Laura Sturges presented the Class Gift of $12,000 to the newly developed Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). After the ceremony family and faculty joined the graduates for a reception on the West Lawn.