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UNM Law School celebrates Class of 2017 Commencement

June 2, 2017 - Tamara Williams

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Saturday, May 13th was a beautiful day to celebrate the UNM Law School for Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

Approximately 1200 people gathered on the North Patio of the law school to honor the graduates, including faculty who taught and nurtured the class for the past three years, family and friends who supported the graduates throughout their experiences at the law school, and the staff who helped the students succeed.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

Saturday, May 13th was a beautiful day to celebrate the UNM Law School for Class of 2017

Dean Alfred Mathewson introduced the commencement speaker, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas (Class of 2001) was the featured speaker at the law school’s Commencement. Balderas began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Second Judicial District, was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives and served as State Auditor for eight years before assuming his current position of Attorney General. 

After an inspirational message by Balderas, Dean Sergio Pareja discussed the symbolism of the hooding ceremony. Professor Mary Pareja and Professor April Land announced the names of the graduates, and Professors Cynthia Armijo, George Bach, Jim Ellis, Scott England, Alex Ritchie, David Stout, Cliff Villa and Jeanette Wolfley hooded the graduates.

A reception was held in the Forum after the ceremony for the graduates.

Here’s a look at some of the photos from the celebration.

Congratulations, graduates!

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