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President Napolitano delivers commencement address at Hastings

President Napolitano at Hastings

University of California President Janet Napolitano addressed an estimated crowd of 5,000 at the 133rd Annual Commencement Ceremony for University of California Hastings College of the Law on Saturday, May 10, congratulating students for entering a “family of alumni that has demonstrated an incredible commitment to public service — an incredible commitment to making a difference.”

“To be blunt,” began Napolitano, “I envy you. I envy what’s before you in life. Most of all, I envy all the fresh opportunities that lie ahead for you to make a difference in the world.”

As they enter the legal profession, students of the 2014 graduating class were urged to consider what they will do to make a difference.

“You see, my hope for you is this,” said Napolitano. “You will learn, in the coming years, that what matters is not the size of your paycheck. It is not whether your name is on the law firm door. You will learn that in the profession of the law, it’s not how much you make that matters, but whether you make a difference.”

Go to UCnet for the full story, which includes a link to the full text of Napolitano’s address.



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