Hundreds of family and friends celebrated the graduation of the University of New Mexico School of Law Class of 2014 on Saturday, May 17th. With the temperature in the mid-80s and mostly clear skies, the hooding ceremony was held on the back patio under canopied tents. A reception was held in the Forum (Bratton Hall) immediately following the ceremony.
New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels
New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels, who earned his law degree from UNM in 1969, delivered the keynote address. "Law is a road filled with opportunities," said Daniels. "Unlike most degrees, you are given a privileged access to the very working of the justice system of our society. You are given an exclusive key to the doors of justice, for you can invoke the power of the law, the power of the constitution, the power of right on behalf of the people who have no voice and on behalf of the people who have no power."
Daniels said that law is an opportunity to make a decent living. "But it’s not about the money," he said, "Once you have enough to feed yourself and your family and provide for your basic needs, the most important thing is the satisfaction of a job well done and of a good life. The money is no way to measure the quality of life."
Daniels closed by saying, "This is just the beginning of your education, not the end. Life and law are a continual learning process. It is a road filled with opportunities, riches and wonders. Congratulations and Godspeed on your journey."
The day before commencement, graduates received a variety of honors and awards for their achievements during law school. These UNM Law events commemorate the end of the formal education of the 110 law students and celebrate their entry as the newest members into the legal community. Congratulations, 2014 Graduates!