Hawaii Chief Justice to give keynote address at Law School graduation

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: May 15, 2015

Eryn Leong holds her daughter during the law graduation ceremony in 2013.
Eryn Leong holds her daughter during the law graduation ceremony in 2013.

Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald will be the keynote speaker this Sunday, May 17, as the UH William S. Richardson School of Law graduates 112 students with Juris Doctor degrees and six with Masters of Law degrees at Andrews Amphitheatre.

The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m., with some of the graduates descending the stairs chanting an ‘oli written in honor of the school’s namesake, the late Hawaiʻi Chief Justice William S. Richardson. The hour-and-a-half-long ceremony will also include a hula performed by students, faculty and staff.

Professor Linda Krieger, who also chairs the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, has been chosen by the graduating class as faculty speaker. Several students will also take the podium to speak on behalf of their classes.

Before the official graduation ceremony, there will also be a “Keiki Diploma Ceremony," a tradition that honors the perseverance and patience of the children of law students.  This year, 23 keiki will receive diplomas; they are the youngsters of 13 graduates.

Said Dean Avi Soifer, “This Keiki Diploma is a small symbol of the major support that our students receive from their loved ones, and our Law School is unusual in the support that students also can count on from one another.”

Free parking for families and well-wishers of graduates is available in the Parking Structure.

For more information, visit: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/