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GRADUATION: A Call to Duty: 9/11 Commission Tells Class of 2005 to Accept Challenges and Reject Pat Answers 1 - 2 - 3

Taking up the theme of responsibility, class president Anthony Noble said, “Today is the day we begin to own the problems of the world. In legal terms, we are now strictly liable for those problems.”

Noble, an African-American who endured taunts and epithets in middle school, said he lives for the day when martyred civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of true equality, blind to race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, comes to pass.

“We have a dream that school funding will not be used as a legislative means to discriminate against children,” he said. “We have a dream that, one day, majority opinions will not be the product of political agendas, but instead will be the product of that often cited, but rarely realized thing called justice. We also have a dream that all the potential in this room will be realized. And I’m sure it will be.”

As flashbulbs popped, families cheered and students exulted, 314 members of the Class of 2005 walked down the red-carpeted aisles at the Academy of Music to receive their J.D. diplomas. Five students graduated cum laude; nine, magna cum laude; and 66, cum laude. Joining them were 77 students who earned an LL.M. degree.
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