Congratulations to the students who will be graduating in Empire College School of Business's semiannaul commencement exercises on Monday evening, July 28.
There are approximately 90 students in this graduating class, each with their own unique backgrounds and experiences and each with a similar story of making the decision to further their education to enter a career field of their choice, improve their lives and, in some cases, set a positive example for their children.
Elisa Osburg, an honors student in the Tourism and Hospitality Degree Program at Empire College, will be the graduate speaker at Empire’s semiannual commencement exercises later this month.
The final group of Empire Class of 2014 Juris Doctor graduates has worked in each of the five pro bono clinics offered at Empire, contributing to a class total of 87% participation in the clinics. This dedication to community service is indeed impressive and contributed to Empire College's national recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll the past two years.
It's always interesting to see what undergraduate degrees and professional experience Empire law students possess. Today's trio of grads is blending backgrounds in linguistics and technology, global studies and Worker's Compensation benefits, and special education/deafness with their legal education.
Among the three of them, today's graduates participated in all five of Empire's pro bono law clinics plus the Moot Court team! They have taken advantage of every opportunity for the theoretical and practical legal education offered at Empire Law School.
Today's trio of law grads includes the class valedictorian (a former bank executive), a participant in the Immigration Law Clinic who received a Pro Bono Award for her contributions, and a member of the 2014 Moot Court Team that took third place in brief writing.
As the Juris Doctor graduates of the Empire College School of Law Class of 2014 prepare for their commencement exercises this Sunday afternoon, we thought it would be fun to introduce them through a series of blog posts. This group of dynamic people entered law school with diverse educational and employment backgrounds. We wish them the best of luck as they pursue their careers in law and contribute further to the community.
The finale of introductions for the Empire College School of Law Class of 2013 includes the valedictorian, Christopher Stoll. His bio, like the other 17 members of the class, illustrates the variety of career and educational backgrounds from which Empire law students come. The discipline and critical thinking skills learned while studying law will assist them in their future endeavors.
Today's group of Juris Doctor graduates includes a two-time moot court competitor, a graduate who has interned for the Sonoma County Bar Association writing jury verdict reports, and a certified law clerk with the Sonoma County District Attorney's office.
Today's trio of law graduates have participated in the Small Claims, Elder Law, and Self-Help Access Clinics, as well as the Sonoma County Family Law Facilitator's Office, and were recipients of a variety of legal scholarships.