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South Texas College of Law Houston Grants Diplomas to 90 – Including 60-Year Old – at December Commencement

South Texas College of Law Houston board members, faculty, administrators, and staff proudly supported 90 graduates who collected their diplomas at the law school’s December 2016 commencement ceremony over the weekend.

Held at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel in front of approximately 1,200 family members and friends, the ceremony included an inspiring commencement speech from Texas Supreme Court Justice and STCL Houston alumna Eva Guzman ’89. She noted that, “The wonderful education I received at South Texas College of Law Houston has opened doors for me that I couldn’t even dream of in 1989.”

Justice Guzman is the first Latina to sit on the state’s highest civil court and the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in Texas. Before joining the high court in 2009, she authored hundreds of published opinions as a justice on the Houston-based Fourteenth Court of Appeals and disposed thousands of cases as judge of the 309th District Court in Harris County.

In her commencement address, she encouraged the graduates to choose to practice law in a way that is worthy of the honor, choose to embrace the highest standards of ethics, and choose to honor your obligation to guard the rule of law.

President and Dean Donald J. Guter also addressed the graduates noting that, “I can’t over-emphasize the enhanced power you now have to make a difference in the world – one life at a time, one case at a time… Have courage, not just for yourself, but for those who are disenfranchised.”

Two students – Randall Beaty and Michelle Haws – also addressed their fellow graduates and congratulated them for their dedication and persistence they shared throughout law school.

The oldest graduate, Eddy Carder, fulfilled his lifelong dream of graduating from law school on Saturday as a 60-year-old. Prior to entering law school at 57, he served as a clergyman for 30 years and spent five years teaching philosophy at Prairie View A&M University. His wife, Doni Carder, graduated from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2009.

Vice President, Associate Dean, and Professor John Worley presented each graduate as they crossed the stage, and faculty hood masters included Professors Josh Blackman, Catherine Greene Burnett, Geoffrey S. Corn, Matthew Festa, Njeri Mathis Rutledge, and Shelby Moore.

The graduates, their families, and friends enjoyed a celebratory lunch, hosted by South Texas in their honor, at the hotel immediately following the ceremony.

Please visit the South Texas College of Law Houston Facebook page to see photos from Saturday’s commencement ceremony.