The recent graduates of UW Law School have said goodbye to an educational experience unlike any other in the history of the university.
UW Law School celebrated the class of 2021 with a virtual start on Friday afternoon. Dean Dan Tokaji noted that this class of graduates has had half of their law school career affected by the pandemic.
“We need good lawyers more than ever,” Tokaji said. “There are many other challenges ahead, but you are up to them all. You have proven your resilience. “
Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, delivered the keynote address. Baldwin, herself a UW Law School graduate, urged students to respect the university’s “law in action” approach.
“Through your education, you have the tools to take action and make real change in your communities,” said Baldwin. “Go ahead and be the agents of change our communities and the world need now.”
Professor Miriam Seifter and student representatives Yuanyuan Ren, Brittani Miller and Catelin Aiwohi also spoke about the 2021 class and its achievements.
“I don’t think any of us could have predicted the trajectory of our time in law school,” Miller said. “We fought long and hard to get to this moment.”
Tokaji ended the ceremony with a roll call and a slideshow showing the name and accomplishments of each graduate.
A replay of the ceremony is available on the UW Law School website.
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