Congratulations Class of 2021
Congratulations on graduating in this strange and difficult year. I share in the disappointment of not seeing you walk the stage to be hooded as you receive your JD, and, for some, additional degrees. The greater disappointment is the lost opportunity for you to spend time with each other in person, saying your in-person farewells, and also meeting each others’ families.
I’d like to offer one piece of advice: Don’t be shy with each other. Reach out and stay in touch. Treat your classmates as your professional friends and colleagues. Over the course of your careers, take special pride in being part of the Maryland Carey Law Class of 2021, a class that managed through such an unusual turn, ending the final chapter of your formal legal education on-line.
It has been a genuine privilege and honor to teach so many of you. I love what I do in large part because it is so easy to take pride as I watch my students become accomplished, dedicated, and compassionate professionals. You have already internalized what might well be the greatest wisdom of a lawyer: always expect the unexpected, and try your best to handle it with grace, humor, and professionalism. You are well prepared for the challenges ahead. Please don’t be a stranger. I hope someday soon to see you each get hooded, and to tell your families what an honor and pleasure it has been to be one of your professors.