The 33rd graduating class of Widener University School of Law received diplomas in a 4 p.m. ceremony on the Wilmington, Del. campus green Saturday, May 19.
The 321 graduates heard remarks from from the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The university presented him with an honorary degree.
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Ambro gave the graduates a list of suggestions for leading successful personal and professional lives. His ideas ranged from finding a mentor to treating others with civility and dignity to acquiring a sense of history. "Park your ego at the door," he added. "The legal profession is one of service. It is not about you and it is not about me. It is about serving others well."
Eugene D. McGurk, Esq., Widener Law alumnus, member of the Widener University Board of Trustees and chairman of the Law School Board of Overseers, presented Ambro with an honorary degree.
Other ceremony highlights included Student Bar Association President John D. Cirrinicione presenting the outstanding faculty award to Associate Professor Leslie A. Johnson. Seven graduates also received their diplomas with a relative - who was a Widener Law alumni - congratulating them on stage.
Newark, Del. resident Thomas Uebler was the regular-division valedictorian. Boothwyn, Pa. resident Eifion Phillips was the extended-division valedictorian.
Law Dean Linda L. Ammons and Widener University President James T. Harris III both encouraged the graduates to use their degrees to help others. "There is always more need than there is help. As law graduates it is your duty to seek out those you can help and serve," Harris said.