On Tuesday, August 14th, Dean Linda L. Ammons
welcomed incoming 1st year law students on the Harrisburg campus at a special Welcome to the Profession Ceremony, saying, “This is the first day of your legal career, and we are so proud of you and your successes thus far.”
The Harrisburg Ceremony followed a similar event on the Delaware campus held on Monday, August 13th at the Doubletree Hotel next to campus.
In remarks to students on the Harrisburg campus, Dean Ammons noted that the incoming class represented 62 colleges and universities and came from 10 different states ranging from Pennsylvania to California. She also discussed some of the diverse careers held by members of the incoming class, ranging from police officer and paralegal to tennis instructor and personal trainer.
At the Delaware ceremony, she observed that the students represented 102 colleges and came from 13 states. She also mentioned that they came from a diverse range of backgrounds and careers, including a school superintendent, firefighters, and police officers.
“Remember why you came to law school. On some days you may question your decision to enter this profession. Law school is hard. It is supposed to be,” Dean Ammons cautioned, but she also encouraged, “Hold on to your dreams. Law school is the bridge from your aspirations to your realizations.”
Students at both ceremonies had the opportunity to hear from Widener Law alumni as well. On the Delaware campus, Alumni Association President Renae B. Axelrod welcomed the students to the Widener Law community, and on the Harrisburg campus, Bret Keisling, Esq. ’05 spoke.
Both Welcome to the Profession events concluded with an oath of affirmation and brief remarks on professionalism from alumni currently serving as judges. On the Harrisburg campus, The Honorable P. Kevin Brobson ’95 of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania led students in the oath, while The Honorable George W. Overton ’86 of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas presided at the Delaware ceremony.