UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Forty-Seventh Commencement
The tent, waters, and cooling packs tempered the hot, but otherwise gorgeous, sunny Commencement Day on Saturday, May 21. One hundred and sixteen students—including 13 of our inaugural Hybrid JD graduating class and 24 Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program students who were sworn in the day before—gathered to celebrate the remarkable achievement of earning a degree from UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.
Professor Sophie Sparrow led the procession of excited students to the tent in Concord’s White Park, set up across from the Park’s signature sparkling fountain. President Jim
Dean and Dean Megan Carpenter kicked off the ceremony, followed by Professors John Orcutt and Ashlyn Lembree. Orcutt and Lembree were both nominated by the students this year to provide the customary “Advice from the Faculty.” Both professors assured the graduating class that they are ready for all that is to come. Three students—LLM student Maria Karla Rosita Bernardo, residential JD student Gwendolyn Parrish, and Hybrid JD student Brianne Kalach—gave remarks about the challenging, pandemic-ruled years of their education and voiced pride at succeeding despite those challenges. Retired US CAFC Judge Kathleen O’Malley graciously accepted her honorary degree, and Kevyn Orr, Partner-in-Charge of US Offices of Jones Day, delivered a rousing commencement address. As the degrees were conferred upon the graduates, cheers could be heard throughout White Park.
Congratulations to the Class of 2022! We are all so proud of you.