St. Mary’s University School of Law on Dec. 14 will hold a hooding ceremony to honor 27 juris doctorate candidates and 10 master of law candidates who finished their studies.
The hour-long ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Law Classroom Building. It will feature a keynote address by U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.
Rodriguez, an adjunct law professor, said he plans to speak about the role of lawyers in history, emphasizing how the law students themselves could one day make a mark.
Through history, he noted, there have been times of great change, and lawyers have always played a role in shaping their generations. Today, there is great technological, economic and social changes, he said, leading to “uncertainties” that are “sometimes overwhelming.”
Rodriguez said he’ll communicate to the law students that, “They also will survive this, and they will thrive, and they will contribute.”
Anndria Flores, law communications coordinator, said the ceremony isn’t technically a graduation. The students could still participate in an official commencement next spring.