Campbell Law School Celebrates First Graduation Ceremony in Raleigh

May 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Friday, May 21, Campbell Law School closed its first academic year in its new location with its the first graduation in Raleigh, North Carolina.

As 105 new lawyers crossed the stage at the Meymandi Concert Hall in the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, the celebration focused on this year’s special class – the first to attend classes in both Buies Creek and Raleigh.

Erwin Chemerinskym the founding dean and distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law delivered the commencement address, congratulating the candidates on three years of hard work and highlighting the importance of not only finding joy in their work, but also to listen to their moral compass.

Student Bar Association President J. Whitfield Gibson took the stage to share stories of his special class and present both Dean Melissa Essary and Professor Richard A. Lord with signed and framed photos of the class of 2010.

Dean Essary closed the ceremony stating, “This class is indeed special. You have already distinguished yourselves with your work in the community through both pro bono and volunteer opportunities and we know your commitment to serve others will continue throughout your careers. You make us proud.”

About Campbell Law School: Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University 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 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 21 years, Campbell Law’s record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit

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