Celebrating the Class of 2023

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The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2023 the week of May 15-19. 

The May 19 Hooding Ceremony at the Hippodrome Theatre was Renée McDonald Hutchins’s first as dean of Maryland Carey Law. “In this glorious moment,” she told the assemblage, “we get to take a deep breath and celebrate the accomplishments of the great Class of 2023.”

Hutchins also introduced the keynote speaker, former Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, calling out the history of partnerships between the law school and Frosh, including cooperation on cases involving environmental protection and a program through which clinic students work in the attorney general’s office on consumer protection issues. 

In his address, Frosh encouraged graduates to use their JDs to improve lives. “You have the ability to be agents of change,” he said. “The law is your tool, and you should use it as a force for good, a force for justice.”

Additionally, day program class president Kaska Watson (right) and evening division president Samantha Safchinsky offered reflections on their law school experiences.

Members of the high-achieving Class of 2023 were honored the previous day in Maryland Carey Law’s annual Recognition Ceremony where graduation prizes, Latin Honors, and Order of the Coif inductees were announced.