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Alumni Messages for 2020 Graduates

May 21, 2020

On May 18, 2020, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School celebrated a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. To mark the unique occasion, fellow alumni sent in messages of encouragement and congratulations for the new graduates – they are displayed below. Thank you to all of our friends and alumni who wished our graduates well!

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  • Congrats class of 2020 - best of luck to you!
    Stacy Hickox
    Class: 1988
  • Dear Penn Class of 2020:You did it, despite everything! Congratulations. We are proud of you. Showing grit and resilience in the face of unexpected bad news is the hallmark of a great lawyer, and you have already proved yourselves up to the challenge before you have even taken the bar exam. I predict great things for your class and we will definitely need you!
    Lisa Goodheart (previously Campolo)
    Class: 1985
  • Dear Penn Law Class of 2020 - now, and more than ever, the world needs diligent, resilient and compassionate lawyers. During these unprecedented times you have built up these traits and stamina to attack our vast challenges in law, society and business economics.I salute you! Kaweh
    Kaweh Resasade
    Class: 2019
  • Congratulations to the class of 2020! You all have worked hard to be here and should be proud of yourselves. Wishing you all happiness and success in all of your endeavors!

    2017 (N/A)
  • It sucks to graduate this year, this way, after the years of hard work that you have endured to get to this milestone. But know that the future only has good things stored for you, and I wish you the very best of luck as you unfold your story.
    Nakul Nayak
    Class: LLM ’19
  • Hello, and congratulations on your graduation from Penn Law! More than almost any preceding class, you will be stepping into an uncertain world. Please always remember that you are graduates of Penn Law. You have received an extraordinary law school education. Penn Law is now part of your DNA, and this will help open doors for the rest of your career. Five years from now, you will look back and be amazed at how well you have done during a difficult time.
    Joe Gabai
    Class: 1976
  • Dear Class of 2020: Congratulations on achieving this incredible accomplishment! The dedication and resiliency that enabled you to succeed at Penn will lead you to great success in the future. Go confidently into the world and know that you will always have the support of Penn Law behind you. Welcome to the alumni community!
    Kevin Dermody
    Class: 2016
  • When I sat in your chair as a Penn Law grad in May 1997, I had no idea what was ahead of me in my legal career. Penn Law led me to the Department of Justice where I served as an AUSA for the Southern District of New York, to a global law firm where I represented companies in international investigations around the world, and now to a global public company where I serve as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. All because of Penn Law. You have so much ahead of you that you can’t possibly predict. Enjoy the ride and your Penn Law degree will take you to amazing places you never dreamed you would go.
    Jonathan Leiken
  • You made it! And guess what? You have NO idea about how much fun you are about to have! Stay true to your aspirations and dreams and always be self reflective. Do that and the FUN is only starting.
    Quintin King
    Class: 86
  • Congratulations for this great achievement in your life. Enjoy it and welcome to the great family of Penn Alumni!
    Jorge Romo
    Class: 2008
  • Like so many others, the graduating class of 2020 has been profoundly disrupted by the events surrounding COVID-19. Although your best laid plans may have been delayed or disrupted, your plans will not be derailed as I believe your training and skillset will help ensure that you will continue to play vital role in the job market and in our communities at-large. The class of 2020 will come out on the other side of the pandemic stronger, and more resourceful and more creative than ever. You, and others like you, are the best and the brightest, and will be the thought-leaders we need to guide our communities to ensure that we are better equipped to handle our future challenges. Your resolve and determination should only be strengthened, not discouraged. As the old adage says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” We are counting on you, and know you will meet the challenge!

    Michael Barocas
    Class: 1989
  • Congratulations on this pivotal milestone in your life’s journey! You–the Class of 2020–represent the future of this great profession and THAT is profoundly positive. More than ever before, you will have the opportunity to shape the legal landscape–through innovative solutions to legal service challenges, an expanded emphasis on diverse perspectives to drive change, a holistic approach to professional formation and a sophisticated understanding of how technology helps lawyers solve the most complex problems their clients face. I wish you all the very best and am eager for you to change our profession and the world. Congratulations!
    Jennifer Leonard
    Class: 2004
  • Congratulations all on making it to the finish line, even one that feels a bit ethereal. But, I hope you recognize what an important milestone this is. More importantly, you now have an education that will help you navigate this new landscape. It will take more creativity on your part to find your life path, but you may surely find one that is so different and more fulfilling than what you imagined. Be strong. Use your hard earned tools. Good luck class of 2020. Congratulations.
    Matthew Canno
    Class: 2006 (Undergrad, 2001)
  • Congratulations, all! I know this is a difficult time to be graduating, but this will pass and you will all go on to fulfilling careers. Bravo!

  • Ah, graduating in the time of a pandemic, a bummer to be sure. But, listen, I graduated into a recession and even though I had a Big Law job, I only lasted a year. Now, I’m a much happier person doing a job I actually really love and while I don’t make Big Law money, I do well enough. My point is: You’re going to be fine. It might be hard to get where you want to go, it was for me, but you’ll get there. And it might turn out that this was the only way you’d find the way. Who knows. You have a great education, and a unique perspective. And if you want to find out about not being a lawyer anymore, hit me up.
    Deena Shanker
    Class: 2010
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020 on your impressive and important achievement! It may seem less so under the current circumstances, but it really isn’t. And, better things are to come: after 36 years of working as an attorney, I still get from my work so many of the things that led me to law initially. I am able to help people solve their problems, I continue learn new and interesting things (both legal and otherwise) through my work, and I regularly work with many smart, interesting, and creative people. Best Wishes for continued success and fulfillment!
    Ned Abelson
    Class: 1983 (Goodness!)
  • Congratulations on this profound achievement. While the pandemic may be keeping you away from your classmates when you should be celebrating this together, I hope you all remember that the years you spent together will lead you to remain close friends and colleagues in the years to come. Penn Law is special among law schools because of the camaraderie that is fostered from the beginning, and that will not diminish over time. Penn Law is a special place, and I hope you carry that with you and have great success.
    Jennifer Jordan
    Class: 1999
  • Congratulations on getting the truly best education you will ever receive. As a mayor, I have literally used my Penn law school education every single day In my career and government. I wish for you the same joy. Penn Law is a gift that never stops giving.
    Mary Marvin
    Class: 1979
  • Congratulations Penn Law Class of 2020 from the Penn Law Alumni Club of China!!!
    Xudong Ni
    Class: GL06
  • Congratulations on this terrific accomplishment and best of luck with the beginnings of your legal career. Your experiences at Penn will stay with you as you navigate this next phase in your lives. Even (and maybe especially) amidst the current uncertainty, your Penn Law education will serve you well. Be sure to remember that you are the author and architect of your career path. Always be on the look out for opportunities to propel yourself forward and to shape your legal career to align with your strengths and passions. I hope to see you by the Goat in five years for our shared reunion!
    Marc Melzer
    Class: 2005
  • To the Penn Law Class of 2020: Congratulations on your commencement! I remember Professionalism Day in September of 2017 well. I hope you will let me know if I can ever be helpful to you. Don’t ever worry about bothering me.
    Jim Sandman
    Class: 1976
  • Congrats Class of 2020! In these turbulent times, remember this is still your time to shine. Your hard work and determination has gotten you to where you’re at, and further greatness awaits as you march into your post Penn professional lives. Remember the camaraderie and friendships you’ve built at Penn and take your passion and zest for Penn into a passion for service in the world, however you can. Start strong Alums! Cheers.
    Korey Taylor
    Class: 2008
  • Congratulation Penn Law Class of 2020! I have been so grateful for the myriad opportunities that I have had as a result of my Penn Law degree and the relationships and experiences that ensued. Although you’re entering into an unprecedented time, I hope that you will embrace the challenges and find unprecedented opportunities. All the best!
    Cindy Mahlberg
    Class: 2006
  • Congratulations Class of 2020! You guys have persevered through unprecedented times, situating yourselves to take advantage of the training and preparation you have endured to reach this point. While we all see the disruption around us currently, there are wonderful opportunities out there to use you skill set, your training, your inherent talents and abilities as you set forth to the next challenge. Best of luck to each of you!
    Shlomo Troodler
    Class: 2004
  • Congratulations on this extraordinary victory.
    Jose cavalcanti
    Class: 1980/1981
  • Congratulations to the Penn Law Class of 2020! As you embark on this new and exciting journey during unsettling times, I challenge you to use your legal education for the uplifting of society and the betterment of all Americans. Be proud of all that you have accomplished!
    Eyana Esters
    Class: 2004
  • You are beginning your career in a unique time, to be sure, but I believe that there are blue skies and happy, productive days in your future. I wish you every happiness, and much health and continued success!
    Michael Rosenberg
    Class: 1995
  • Congratulations! You made it through these special and different times!
    Javier Nader
    Class: 2009
  • Congratulations! Whatever challenges your professional life throws at you, and there will be plenty, nothing can undo this achievement. You will forever be part of the long tradition of legal excellence that is the hallmark of Penn Law.
    Jessica Songster
    Class: 2004
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Now, more than ever, our society needs your passion, drive, and intellect as we all navigate this new normal.

  • In 1970 we almost missed our graduation as campuses all over the country shut down to protest the ongoing Vietnam War. We graduated but with great uncertainty and indeed fear as to a crumbling world order. We were full of idealism and measured optimism. Some of us have retained those traits to this day as the world moved on after that war for better times and worse times. This pandemic will eventually pass and you will be the new leaders to carry us beyond it with innovative ideals and optimism. Congratulations and good luck as you are remarkably well equipped to serve and lead.
    Jonathan Vipond III
    Class: 1970
  • I am Penn Law ’88, and my husband is Penn Law ’87 and a member of the adjunct faculty. I am sorry that you have been cheated, by circumstances beyond anyone’s control, of the celebration you are due. I hope it gives you some consolation to know that your law school friends will be friends for life. My BFF for almost 40 years is the guy that sat next to me in Professor Burbank’s Civ Pro class, and we still see each other when we can, and talk at least weekly. Hang in there!
    Camille Paglia (Francis)
    Class: 1988 (Fels Institute, MGA, 1986)
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Even though this isn’t the end that you expected, it doesn’t take away from all that you have accomplished to date. Keep your chin up and look ahead to brighter days; you will be a big part of the post-COVID success story!

    2001 (C’98, L’01)
  • My Mother was right: “This Too Shall Pass” and, when it does, like me, each of you can say “I made it through the rain”! There is no way to sugar-coat how bad things are going in the legal profession right now. It reminds me of 1991, my second Summer at Penn Law, when for the first time in decades Summer Associates did NOT receive offers from their law firms, and we all survived. It reminds me of 2000, when the Tech Stock Bubble burst and businesses all over the country suffered, few worse than law firms (the firm where I first made Partner went out of business at the end of that year). It reminds me of 9/11/2001, when the whole world changed, mostly for the worst. Almost all of us survived, even if we have to remove our shoes and laptops every now and again. It reminds me of 2008-2009, the Great Recession, when so many people lost money, jobs, homes, etc. Almost all of us survived, and frankly, some of us thrived because of it (remember that many of us attorneys really do prosper on the misfortune of others!). There have been so many “test” – large and small – and the overwhelming majority of us have continued to figure out ways to “pass” even if we had some speed bumps along the way. THIS TOO SHALL PASS. None of you will stay unemployed forever. None of you will be struggling forever. Almost all of you will, eventually, thrive, because, well, you are a Graduate of Penn Law – the oldest law school in the United States and ALWAYS in the Top 10, except in Judicial Clerkships where we are in the top 2 or 3 and in Corporate Job Placement, where we are #1. YOU are luckier than most! YOU WILL FIND SUCCESS (and maybe a little prosperity also!). Just hang in there, as this might take longer than anyone wants or hopes or could possibly have predicted on Thanksgiving. But, hey, there is still so very much to be Thankful for. First on that list is YOUR health. Maybe second is your Penn Law JD. Third, for sure, is your ability to remember that these tests, these speed bumps, the challenges are all here to remind us to really enjoy the good times. REALLY ENJOY THEM! And, REALLY enjoy one another! Stay in touch with your Class of 2020 Classmates, and Professors, and college buddies, and everyone you grew up with. At the end of the day, WE are not only survivors, we are thrivers, and we WILL survive, and thrive, and live to fight another day. But for today… CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES PENN LAW CLASS OF 2020!!!
    Marc Hankin
    Class: 1992 (none)
  • Congratulations for enduring 3 years of law school, studying hard and making lifelong bonds with your fellow classmates. While the path is now murky and daunting, know that we can get through this and you can all make an impact. Here is to your future young graduates!
    Wei Wayne Miao
    Class: 1999
  • Congratulations Class of 2020! I know it is disappointing to not get a formal graduation ceremony. But I am sure you will be the recipients of many accolades as you progress in your careers, and some of those will come with a reception. This is your excuse to give yourself an extra toast then!
    David Sontag
    Class: 2003 (M.Bioethics / 2003)
  • For as uncertain as the times ahead may be, you are equipped with all the smarts, all the resourcefulness, and all the communal support you need to succeed. Thanks to the friends I made and the great professors I had the privilege of learning from, I left Penn Law better than when I entered, and I think that goes for everyone. I won’t tell you you “can” do it, because I already know you will. No matter what may come, you’re more ready than you think. Congratulations. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

    Anonymous *
    Class: 2019
  • You may not have finished the last semester the way you expected, and your graduation ceremony is live-streamed. Your bar exams will be delayed. But when you strip away the unusual trappings of this semester, you are now Penn Law grads, and you will soon be practicing your profession. Congratulations to each of you for being a class like no other.

    1984 (Wharton 1979)
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!! Job well done. Although your physical time at Penn Law has been cut short, you have been blessed to spend nearly three years at this wonderful hub of learning and growth, and with so many exceptional classmates. As I approach my 30th (!) graduation anniversary, I want you to know that your memories from your time here and future relationship with the institution and its alumni will only increase your appreciation for and affinity with Penn Law. Wishing each of you great success as you begin your legal career.
    Michael Movsovich
    Class: 1992
  • Believe in yourself and embrace your challenges.
    Ya-Chi Chan
    Class: 2014
  • I hope all is well with each of you, especially during these uncertain and difficult times. I gather it has been quite awhile since many of us last connected either virtually or in-person. May we all be blessed to continue with the strength needed to persevere and emerge from this unprecedented health crisis in a safe, secure & healthy manner. A special thank you to the first-responders and the members of the essential work force. We are continuously awed and amazed by your tireless and selfless efforts as well as your commitment to serving the greater community in critical roles at great personal risk under incredibly challenging circumstances. Hopeful we will be able to connect in-person at a future class anniversary celebration.
    David Maryles
    Class: 1995
  • Congrats, Class of 2020! This is only the beginning. May you build upon this great achievement with future accomplishments and success.
    Margaret Ledak
    Class: 2019
  • Greetings to the Class of 2020 of The Carey School of Penn Law: Congratulations as you join the alumni community of The Law School. Disrupted as you have been by the current health security need to be apart, we have all watched with admiration and memory your steady push to graduation. Take a well earned moment to celebrate yourselves and the diversity and validity of the hopes and dreams that brought all of you to this day. My heartfelt wish for each of you as you transition forward in your lives and careers, is that you keep your mind and moral compass open always to the needs and defense of our Constitution —it is the privilege and unbroken trust that has persisted through the generations of your alumni community that you accept along with your Penn law degree. Warmest wishes for a fulfilling graduation day and much future success.
    John Herron
    Class: 1973
  • It is with deep respect and admiration that I congratulate each one of you on your graduation from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. It is a thrilling experience to graduate from Penn Law, no matter the season or circumstances. Look forward with grateful anticipation to your legal career as you pass through the doors, albeit virtual, of Penn Law. God bless each of you on this auspicious occasion.
    Barbara Leone
    Class: 2019 (School of Nursing 2019)
  • As a part-time lecturer at Penn Law, I know you all have the intelligence, drive and ability to succeed in whatever path you take to use the law. In these difficult times, we must assure that the rule of law continues to apply equally to all without bias, favor or prejudice. Good luck!!

  • Congratulations on a huge and well-deserved achievement. Although the last few months looked different than expected or hoped, you’re still ending up with what you came here to do - earn a degree from Penn Law. That accomplishment lasts for a lifetime.

  • All Penn Law graduates are proud of the school from graduation on but it takes years to fully appreciate what you really learned and gained from the experience. It maybe friendship, it may be the law it may debating and analytical skills or as in my case giving me the skills necessary to have an exciting career helping to build innovative companies. We all take away something of value. What I have really learned to appreciate lately is how well we were schooled in the value of the rule of law and why it is important.

    Haig Farris
    Class: 1963
  • Congratulations on your graduation from Penn Law from a County Seat Lawyer. I expect that jobs are scarce during this pandemic. Not everyone has to join a big law firm. There can be satisfaction and success in going home, becoming a part time prosecutor or Public defender or part time instructor at a local college while you build a practice. With your innate ability and Penn education, thing will work out.

    Anonymous *
    Class: 1963
  • Having known some people from this batch, I know they are a vibrant, positive, and most of all resilient group. I wish this unique class the best in all they do from now on, hoping that this strange experience will make them stronger and more positive than ever before.
    Arpit Gupta
    Class: 2019
  • Congratulations on your graduation from Penn Law. My prayers go out for you as you enter the profession and take the bar exam. You will always be a Quaker, and there are alumni groups waiting to greet you all around the world. God bless.
    Gordon Beggs
    Class: 1973 (C’70)
  • To the Penn Law Class of 2020: Congratulations, and welcome to our profession! As lawyers, we have been given a remarkable gift. We literally have the ability to change the world. We can change it in the biggest of ways – the ways of Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Thurgood Marshall, or Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Or we can change one person’s world in a way that couldn’t be bigger for him or her – saving someone’s home, ensuring that an abused child is taken out of harm’s way and placed in a loving, permanent, and safe home, or defending an individual who has been wrongly accused. So, my friends, as you join this wonderful profession, my advice to you is to go change the world in whatever ways that you can. And how do you do that? Well a good place to start is to find a place in the law that you are passionate about. If you do that, you are destined to have a long, happy, and very fulfilling career in this wonderful and noble profession of ours. I wish each of you the very best as you embark on your personal journey in the practice of law, and wherever your paths may take you, may your journey in our profession bring you happiness, success, and enduring satisfaction. Congratulations again! Justice Rich Gabriel (’87), Colorado Supreme Court
    Rich Gabriel
    Class: 1987
  • Congratulations on your graduation, and I wish you the best in your professional endeavors!
    Rochelle Ford
    Class: 2000
  • Dear graduates - congratulations on your graduation. You worked hard and are now about to enter the workforce in the most unconventional and unpredictable time. As graduates of Penn Law, you’re all talented smart and capable people and so. I matter what the conditions are, rest assured that you will have a productive, challenging and interesting added ahead of you. So with that in mind, you should remember throughout your career and your life that the time you’re in now — with all its unpredictable and confusing and disconcerting nature - is the natural state for many many people throughout their lives; that many live without knowing where their next paycheck or job will come from, they can’t easily meet with other people, their travel is heavily restricted, they feel intellectually stifled. Remember these feelings and use them to empathize with others around you and others far away. Remember the feeling of having the rug pulled out from under you and not knowing what the next week, month or year will bring. And it will make you a slightly better person. And then, remember that with G-d’s help, we will all get through this and emerge as better people. Congratulations! Avi
    Avi Goldenberg
    Class: 2001
  • Congratulations to the new members of the Penn Law alumni community. I am confident that, as each year passes, you will increasingly appreciate the value of your Penn Law education whether or not you actually practice law. And keeping in touch with the Law School and it’s people will enhance that experience! Rest assured that the practice of law and the community service that should go with it will be increasingly satisfying and rewarding, and you will be amazed at how well you are prepared to overcome the challenges of law and of life!
    David Marion
    Class: 1963 (Wharton 1960)
  • Congratulations on an excellent three years in law school. You have what it takes to succeed in all circumstances and a vast Penn Law network that’s here to help you after graduation. Keep up the good work!
    Anthony Vitti
    Class: 2018
  • You made it! You’ll find other ways to celebrate, and in the future you’ll get together with friends and classmates and reminisce on the remarkable journey you’ve just completed. Who could have predicted it would take this crazy turn? But the important thing is that you made it, you are now a Penn Law grad, and you have a fabulous future ahead of you. All the best to all of you!
    Patricia Biswanger
    Class: 1993 (College ’78)
  • Congratulations L’2020! May the path you forge be a blessing to you and all.
    Tuneen Chisolm
    Class: 1999
  • Heartfelt congratulations to the great Penn Law Class of 2020! Wishing you all joyful futures (and good health) in the years to come!
    Leslie Altus
    Class: 1983
  • Go and make the world a better place.
    Nicholas Nastasi
    Class: 1967
  • Each of you and us should be proud of Class of 2020. Together we can achieve more into the future. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
    Tetsuya Uyama
    Class: 2005, 2006
  • All the best! I have lived through the great financial crisis and can promise that am a stronger (and more flexible) lawyer for it!
    Jill Concannon
    Class: 2003
  • The world needs lawyers like you to fight the educated, informed fight. Whether or not you practice, do use the tools you learned at Penn - method, analysis, and hopefully passion - to make something better. And good luck in this crazy economy. I hope you see a working environment that is friendlier to families, and work-life balance. Congratulations and have a wonderful life!
    Shannon Shah
    Class: 2004 (CAS, 1998)
  • You are our future and we can’t wait to see you take it on. Congratulations Class of 2020!
    Annie Cheng
    Class: 2012
  • Congratulations on this marvelous milestone, and welcome to the ranks of Penn Law Alumni—I can’t wait to see what a great mark you make with that degree!
    Jodi Schwartz
    Class: 1984 (Wharton 81 Wharton Grad 84)
  • You have all worked so hard to reach this point and deserve to be able to celebrate with your classmates and friends. Although you will have to do so virtually, your accomplishments cannot be diminished. I wish you all long, successful and most importantly fulfilling careers. I salute you all.
    Fran Griesing
    Class: 1981
  • Class of 2020, Congratulations on a significant achievement. While your graduation ceremony may be virtual, the value and strength of a Penn law degree is very real and I’m hoping it will serve you well for life.
    Daniel Rodriguez
    Class: 2001
  • A hearty “well done” to the Class of 2020! Considering the difficult circumstances surrounding their graduation, the maxim “Per aspera ad astra” is surely fitting for this year’s graduates.
    Scott Jennings
    Class: LL.M. 1977
  • Congratulations to all Penn Law graduates! May this be the beginning of a law career full of achievements!
    Simon Katz
    Class: 2015
  • Congratulations on this big achievement! I hope each of you takes the time to celebrate it in a way that feels meaningful to you. Congrats again, and best wishes for a satisfying and fruitful legal career.
    Margaret Zhang
    Class: 2015
  • Congratulation to all of you on your achievements. I hope you will go forth and use your outstanding abilities in the service of the greater good and the public interest. Live long and prosper.
    Tom Holzman
    Class: 1977
  • Hang in there, we were the class of 2008/2009 everyone thought the world was ending, but we found that there was actually no where to go but up.

    2009 (Wharton 2009)
  • Congrats to the Law School Class off 2020..After graduating from Penn Law School I have practiced law on a full time basis for over 50 years and still enjoy it! Now you have a goal to aspire to!
    Joek Sachs
    Class: 1966
  • Congratulations!!! You did it!!! All of those long nights of studying, hard work, outlining, and memorizing were worth it!!! Even though you can’t celebrate in person at Penn, you still have a lifetime of memories of your time at the Law School & it is a great reason to schedule a visit for the future! Welcome to being a Penn Law Alum!
    Brielle Rey
    Class: 2008
  • Congratulations Class of 2020! You’ve all worked really hard and though you didn’t get to be on campus for graduation, should all be incredibly proud of your hard work and effort! Looking forward to working with you soon!

    2018 (2018)
  • Dear Penn Law Class of 2020:Congratulations on your tremendous achievement in graduating from one of the oldest and most highly esteemed law schools in the country. As you look back over the past 3 years and take stock of the knowledge gained, confidence acquired, friendships forged, and path planned or starting to take shape -- you surely have much to be proud of. You are joining a legion of impressive Penn Law alum; we welcome you to our family. Congratulations and best wishes to you in your bright future.
    Sharon Herrick
    Class: 2003
  • Congratulations on your hard work. I know this must be difficult not to see your achievements celebrated the way you envisioned it for all these years. As a foreign student myself, I always dreamed to share in an American graduation ceremony -and I am thankful that I got the chance. There are those who do not stand on ceremony or for whom graduation was mostly a formality. And there are those -like me- who are acutely sensitive to the symbol graduation represents. Let it be known that the class of 2019’ -and all those that came before- acknowledge and celebrate your successes. I will raise a toast to you from Paris on graduation day.
    Lorenzo Colombani
    Class: 2019
  • I hope you trust that the Penn-connection is and will be there, no matter the distance.
    Jacqueline Spierdijk
    Class: LL.M. 1987
  • The world is yours! Go take it! In the process change it for the better!
    Ray Headen
    Class: 1987
  • Congratulations on your great achievement! Your futures are very bright!
    Chris Murray
    Class: 2001
  • So proud of all your achievements and congratulations on graduating from one of the best law schools in the world, and on now joining our community of alumni. I hope that in this brave new world we can work together to better the world and our lives. Onwards and upwards, Class of ’20!!!

    Anonymous *
    Class: 2018
  • Congratulations Class of 2020! Seize the moment and always try your best! Being a lawyer is not an easy job. But we know that you will make us proud!

  • Regardless of how it your time at Penn Law may have ended, the world is waiting! Congratulations Class of 2020!
    Fred Alcaro
    Class: 2003
  • Congratulations Class of 2020! Now, more than ever, you will have to overcome significant challenges to pursue your dreams. As uncertain and scary as the world is right now, you are prepared for this. You are ready for this. You are made for this. Now go out and show the world!
    Sneha Desai
    Class: 1999
  • Congratulations, Class of 2020! I’m so proud of all you have accomplished from those first days in LPS and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!
    Eleanor Barrett
    Class: 2005
  • Congratulations to the Class of 2020! You made it! Particularly for those who may be the first among family and friends to graduate from graduate or professional school—I know this may not be how you envisioned your law school graduation, but hats off to you nonetheless. Be sure to take some time and revel in this achievement. We are so proud of you!
    Brianna Bloodgood
    Class: 2017
  • Congratulations, Class of 2020! After years of sacrifice, dedication, and hard work, you made it. Take pride in all that you’ve accomplished and look forward to all that lies ahead. This is only the beginning. Onwards and upwards!
    Jean Gabat
    Class: 2019
  • Congratulations on successfully completing your Penn Law journey. I hope you found the experience as life changing as I did so many years ago. I think you will find that no matter what the future brings in terms of career that you are equipped to think critically and strategically with regard to whatever you face. I am saddened that you have to launch your careers in such a challenging environment. But, you are young and will live through the present challenges, and times will get better. You have the tools to be part of making the future better, and I have faith that your generation will look back over your productive years and say “I contributed to making the world a better place, and my Penn Law experience equipped me for that journey. View life as an adventure, learn to face risk with belief in your ability to deal with it, and challenge yourself to learn something every day.
    Paul Shapiro
    Class: 1967 (BA 1964)
  • Congratulations! When opportunities come knocking, after all the doors are open again, please consider a career in government service. Working for my home state, in both the executive and judicial branches, has been a privilege and an honor over the last 30 years since my graduation from Penn Law!
    Steve Holcomb
    Class: 1991