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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Keynote speaker Connie Rice encourages grads to defend constitutional democracy
By Melissa Masatani
|View more photos of the USC Gould 2022 JD commencement ceremony on Flickr|
Delivering the keynote address was Constance “Connie” L. Rice, a widely influential civil rights attorney, activist and author. She shared a West African parable about a warrior who had to ask himself whether the machete he was using was a weapon of destruction or a tool for good.
|Keynote speaker Connie Rice | Watch the address|
Professor and former Gould Dean Bob Rasmussen, who emceed the ceremony, noted that the JD Class of 2022 will be working in firms across 13 states as well as internationally, including Japan and China.
Rasmussen also shared that 43 graduates earned specialized certificates in business law, 23 in media and entertainment, seven in public interest, five in transnational law and business, eight in alternative dispute resolution, and three in technology and entrepreneurship. Five graduates also earned a Master of Business Administration degree, and one a Master of Public Administration degree.
“What a ride it has been for you, from that crazy day in the spring of your first year of law school when we all got the email saying we would not be returning from spring break, to an entire year of remote learning, all the way to this glorious triumph,” said Rasmussen, the J. Thomas McCarthy Trustee Chair in Law and Political Science.
|Watch the full JD commencement ceremony video|
In addition, the day before graduation, four of the JD graduates were recognized by the university and USC Student Affairs at the 2022 Student Recognition Awards with the Order of Arête, which is given to graduates for their outstanding work within their individual programs and dedicated service to the campus community. It is the highest honor accorded to graduate students upon completion of their academic programs. Among the 81 honorees for 2022, this award was given to USC Gould graduates Rebecca Alch, Chief Coleman, Dimiana Saad and Maral Tavitian.
Watch a full video of the USC Gould JD Class of 2022 commencement ceremony here.
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