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Commencement Speaker Election - Spring 2015

All graduating students (class of 2015) can vote for one candidate for commencement speaker


Commencement Speaker Candidates


Kevin Benninger
Kevin Benninger

I see a few people nominated me, so something about me has convinced those people that I have something to offer as a graduation speaker. If selected, I would do my best to validate the confidence that these fellow students have in me. As such, I plan to draft a speech that will embody the emotional roller coaster that is law school. Similar to law school, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll question your decision to attend! And, in the end, when the speech is complete, as is also characteristic of the law school experience, the students will be released into the world to begin their legal careers more confused than when they came in.


Kaelyn Gustafson
Kaelyn Gustafson

Three years ago we entered the Sturm College of Law--excited but terrified, ambitious but cautious--trying to decide if the churning in our stomach was butterflies aflutter or a serious physiological warning to run... and run away fast. But eventually, we all found our stride, and as our daily class attire turned quickly from business casual to sweat pants, the uncertainty gave way to confidence. Looking back, my most cherished memories are those times spent meeting and getting to know some of the brightest, most compassionate humans in the world--my classmates. Law school has changed me, as I'm sure it's changed everyone who entered its door in the fall of 2013. SCOL provided me three of the best years of my life--and I humbly ask for the opportunity to thank you all for making it so.


Kevin Jensen
Kevin Jensen

I don’t want to speak at graduation for me – it’s for the message that needs to be shared. Our criminal justice system is broken and the challenges our generation faces as technology changes the shape of our world are massive. I would be grateful for the opportunity to educate our families and friends about the complex legal battlegrounds of the future and try to inspire over 200 soon-to-be leaders of the legal community to take seriously their duty as public citizens.


Jordan McAdams


JOINT SPEECH
JOINT SPEECH

Ty Nagamatsu, Ashley Basta, Elie Zwiebel, and Shaquille Turner

We are humbled and honored to be considered as commencement speakers. We got here together; we think it only fitting that we take the next steps together.


Giedre Stasiunaite
Giedre Stasiunaite

As we graduate, the world is impatiently eager to give us the criteria for success. Don’t take it; create your own meaning. Move forward by stripping away the inessentials… Look to your right, now to your left, - you are in great company. Grab those exceptional classmates around you and never let them go, because they have been the pillar of our law school experience.

We are here for a reason, and now is the time to claim our own kind of trophies, the ones that come out of complete yet courageous ignorance to our limitations! Thus, dear world, bring it on, we are ready!

Cheers!


Jake Wagman
Jake Wagman

As speaker, I will bring panache. I will bring passion. And I will bring an extra pair of pants in case I get too nervous.