Graduation Committee Co-Chairs David Parkinson '11 and Van Ann Bui '11 spoke during the closing remarks on Graduation Day.
David Parkinson '11
On the day we arrived for orientation, we each received two things: a backpack and a coffee mug, two practical tools Columbia hoped would help us get through this journey. This “heavy duty” backpack barely made it a semester with all of our casebooks, computers, and the occasional HamDel sandwich to sneak into the library. And, with the help of a little Red Bull, that coffee mug got us through some long nights.
On that first day it was hard to imagine that graduation would ever come. There were so many people to meet, pages to read, and way too many free slices of pizza to eat.
Van Ann Bui '11
As the semesters went on, our backpacks and mugs began to wear out. But of course these “tools” were never meant to last us forever. During our time in law school, Columbia furnished us with many valuable tools to take with us into the world.
We’re leaving here with a better sense of responsibility, the courage to do what’s right and to follow our intuitions, and maybe even a better idea of what it means to think like a lawyer.
As we go out into the world, or for the time being, into the arms of our proud family and friends, may we fondly look back on our time at Columbia and forward to the promise of our future.
Parkinson and Bui: Congratulations Class of 2011!