The Bright Coast

Progressive Thoughts from San Diego Alums on Law, Politics, and Culture

Happy Graduation!

Posted by brightcoast on May 16, 2010

Our graduation took place yesterday morning in the gorgeous JCP Pavilion on campus. The alumni speaker was the President of Skechers, and he was pretty engaging and entertaining to listen to. You can definitely tell the difference between someone who is used to presenting to large crowds v. someone who uses their notes like a crutch (guilty!)

There were a seemingly disproportionate amount of class of 76′ ers presenting diplomas to their children as they crossed the stage, which is a great tradition.

Dean Cole is quite entertaining, always attempting to bring in the relevant. He actually referenced Lady Gaga (courtesy of wikipedia, also “explained”) at one point, saying “ppppoker face.”

So anyway, it’s over and done, and now we all get to suffer for another 10 odd weeks before the dreaded exam. Then we get to wait another 5 months until we find out the results. Waiting is so much fun!

I’d like to say that I’ll miss USD, but I know it won’t be long before I am back on campus again. And while I’ll miss the interactions with profs and students, I certainly won’t miss the stress associated with having to prepare for class, and even worse exams. I do think, however, that as our alum speaker said, the USD Law degree prepares you for much more than law practice. I’m of the opinion that if you can make it through the USD Law program, you can make it through anything. And I don’t say that because I am biased towards USD in the slightest. Quite the contrary, the program is hard work. It requires great sacrifice, read, while you are in law school, particularly during finals, there is no such thing as birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. There is the task at hand that must be completed, and to your personal highest standards, if you are to be satisfied with yourself, and the work you present as a reflection thereof.

Yes indeed, law school is over, the end of an era. Now onto “real” life.

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