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May 9, 2014
Campbell Law confers 150 degrees at 2014 graduation

RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law School conferred 150 Juris Doctor degrees at its 36th annual hooding and graduation ceremony on Friday, May 9 at Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Red Hat President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Whitehurst delivered the commencement address.

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The 150 graduates of the Class of 2014 hailed from 38 different undergraduate institutions.

“Today is a transitional day in your lives,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “For the rest of your days, no matter what you are doing, whether you practice in a big city or small hamlet, whether you are a litigator, a government official, a corporate officer, or a parent at home raising children, when the question is asked, ‘What do you do?’ you will answer proudly,  ‘I am a lawyer.’”

“To the Class of 2014 – I have been praying for you,” said Campbell University President Jerry M. Wallace. “I will not stop praying for you. I have all the faith in the world that you will excel at this noble calling as professionals in the law.”

Whitehurst shared stories from his own professional experience and discussed his thoughts on leadership in the 21st century.

“I believe if we all strive to inspire, engage and be ourselves, we’ll not only win in our professional lives, but we’ll win in all aspects of our lives,” said Whitehurst.

Campbell Law Professor of Law Lynn Buzzard, who is entering retirement with the completion of the academic year, was also honored for his 28 years of service to the law school.

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,500 alumni, including more than 2,400 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit



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