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Concordia Law Celebrates Inaugural Commencement

Boise’s only full-term law school looks at year of accomplishments

BOISE – August 8, 2015 – Concordia University School of Law today celebrated the commencement of its first graduates.

The 18 inaugural graduates from Concordia University School of Law represent the latest milestone for the Boise law school. The commencement is a milestone during the same academic year which saw Concordia Law receive provisional approval from the American Bar Association.

Concordia University School of Law Dean Cathy Silak, a former member of the Idaho Supreme Court, believes these graduates embody the school’s ideal of servant leaders who are well-equipped academically and professionally.

“At Concordia Law, we emphasize that students need to be committed to their community, and I’m proud of the way these graduates are a part of that developing tradition,” Silak said. “The City of Boise and the State of Idaho will be well served by these excellent graduates.”

“It’s not often that you get to be the first at something,” said Ray Grooms, one of the graduates and the student speaker at Commencement. “I am proud that the respect that we enjoy wasn't handed to us automatically because of the name of our school, but from our hard work. We had to earn it.”

An honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) was awarded to former Idaho Governor Cecil D. Andrus for his significant contributions in the area of civic leadership and social welfare. Wendy Olson, the U. S. Attorney for Idaho, was the keynote speaker.

Concordia University School of Law, which opened to students in 2012, is the only three-year law program to be offered entirely in Boise, the state capital and home to the Idaho State Supreme Court. Concordia Law’s mentorship program, in which students are paired with practicing attorneys and judges, as well as the emphasis on experiential learning, helps students gain valuable hands-on experiences to smooth their transition to the workplace. Concordia also emphasizes community service as part of its founding mission to develop engaged leaders for society.

This year’s commencement ceremony in Boise is one of five for the nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university, including three in Portland in April and one in Johannesburg South Africa in January. Concordia University offers more than 26 undergraduate majors and five graduate degree programs.

For more information about Concordia University School of Law and the application process, please visit http://law.cu-portland.edu/apply.