Celebrating the UNH Franklin Pierce Class of 2023

Graduates Honored at Law School's 48th Commencement

Sunday, May 21, 2023

A record crowd of over 1,200 family members and friends filled every available seat to celebrate UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law’s 48th Commencement on Saturday, May 20. Over one hundred and seventy students from the residential JD, hybrid JD, and graduate programs walked across the stage representing a culminating moment to celebrate their hard work and achievement of earning their law degree from UNH Franklin Pierce.

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.

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JD Hybrid student Tyler Holzer delivered a moving rendition of the National Anthem followed by heartfelt opening remarks by Dean Megan Carpenter.  Dean Carpenter remarked about the class, “…[T]he grit, the resilience, the perseverance that brought you all here has shone throughout your time here.  You have learned to be advocates and professionals.  You have led student organizations and stood up for principles you believe in.  You have challenged each other, yourselves, and the broader community.  You have made us better as an institution.”

President Jim Dean highlighted the accomplishments of the graduating class, “What you did here at UNH Franklin Pierce, in pursuit of your own path and potential, is remarkable.  What you did here at UNH Franklin Pierce as a community of legal scholars, will change lives.  That’s the transformative power of a top law school at a public research university.”