Video: Law Center Commencement 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013 2 p.m. ET
Lawyer and news commentator Greta Van Susteren (L’79, L’82) delivered practical advice and her own secrets to success to more than 1,100 graduates from Georgetown University’s Law Center during Sunday afternoon commencement exercises on Healy Lawn.
I don’t need to tell any one of you, getting through Georgetown Law is tough. … [but] school never ends,” said Van Susteren, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws before her speech. “You may think it does, it really doesn’t. It just gets renamed. You are going to continue to study, just like the last few years, but we now call it something else, we call it preparing … You’re going to continue to learn something new every day, things you never dreamed of.”
The Fox News commentator also told the graduates to be clear about what success is and what it is not.
“Success is having the right values and knowing how to blend those right values into your life,” she said. “Success requires that you remember that there are others and have the willingness to help them. … If you make it a small mission, every single day, in a small way, to help others, just to do something kind, you are going to feel enormously successful.”
Walter Haskell Pincus (L’01), columnist for The Washington Post, also received an honorary Doctor of Laws during the ceremony.
“Walter Haskell Pincus represents the best that investigative journalism has to offer,” Georgetown professor David Cole said as he introduced him. “In a half century of reporting Mr. Pincus has combined an indefatigable enthusiasm for following the facts with an encyclopedic knowledge of how Washington works in search of the truth.”
Degrees conferred during the commencement ceremony included one master of studies in law degree, one doctor of comparative law degree, five juridical science doctorates, 470 master of laws and 661 juris doctorates.
Chris Adcock (L’13) and Rob Montejo (L’13) were among the graduates earning their J.D.s, and both reflected on the faculty who influenced them – naming Sheryll Cashin as their favorite professor. The two graduates took three of her classes: Race and the Law, Administrative Law and Constitutional Law.
“She made things interesting, funny, engaging,” Adcock said. “She knows her stuff.”
Isabelle Laroche (L’13) received her LL.M. in international legal studies in front of her family who traveled from Spain.
“It’s great to be with all these people, and hopefully we will see where we will be in a couple of years,” she said.
Van Susteren congratulated the university’s newest law graduates on their achievements.
“Even today, I get asked, ‘where did you go to law school?’,” she said. “And I say with enormous pride – because this place changed my life – I say with enormous pride, Georgetown.”