UMKC School of Law Celebrates 2013 Commencement

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law celebrated its graduates and their families at the commencement ceremonies held on May 18. More than 170 students made up the May 2013 list of graduates, including 163 receiving their J.D.’s.

Graduation-related festivities began Friday, May 17 with a Baccalaureate held at Central United Methodist Church. The Christian Legal Society sponsored the event, which included musical selections by the Baccalaureate Choir and Brief Notes singing group. The Honorable James Smart, Jr. and Professor Sean O’Brien also spoke at the event. The celebration continued Friday evening with an awards ceremony honoring the academic achievements of the class of 2013.

The School of Law Commencement Ceremony took place the following day at 4 p.m. The Honorable Ortrie D. Smith, an alumnus and U.S. District Court Judge, gave the keynote address.  He also had the opportunity to hood his daughter B.J., who received her J.D. degree.  James A. Polsinelli, founder of the Polsinelli law firm and a major name in legal entrepreneurship in Kansas City, also received an honorary doctorate degree during the ceremony.

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