Commencement 2008 Recap

On May 18, BU Law faculty, professors and the Class of 2008 convened at the Agganis Arena for this year’s Commencement ceremony. Braving both the rain and the heat, the smiling graduates and their proud families were joined by the Honorable Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (’88), who delivered the 2008 Commencement speech. Following Tsongas, L.L.M. student DiAndria Janee Green and J.D. student Jonathan Anderman delivered two powerful speeches, rich with both nostalgia and optimism. Having received their degrees, graduates mingled and rejoiced at a following reception.

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Congresswoman Niki Tsongas ('88) Delivers 2008 Commencement Speech

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Today, women can have it all—a supportive partner, a healthy family and an illustrious career. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (’88) is a marked example of the modern day woman, able to balance a full personal life with a career marked by firsts. Yet, as an educated female in the 1970s, Tsongas’ path to success was not pre-paved. When Tsongas embarked on her education at BU Law, the doors were only halfway open to women seeking law degrees. In her speech for the BU Law Commencement, held on May 18, 2008, Tsongas used her own experiences to reflect on the shifting dynamism for professional women, emphasizing the importance of making change.
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DiAndria Janeé Green (LL.M. in Taxation) Delivers L.L.M. Student Address

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"We should ask ourselves, 'Who are we not to be great?' We will not serve the world by playing small or pretending we are not great, nor will we obtain excellence by dimming our lights and shrinking around others; after all, why should we pretend when the world already knows just how great BU students really are?"
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Jonathan Anderman Delivers J.D. Student Address

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“I am here because I know most of you, and want to express my complete and unwavering faith in your ability to not only succeed, but also to thrive and prosper in whatever you choose to do. I know from our common experience here you have the tools to do it. I know from our time spent together you have the passion and desire. I know I will spend the rest of my life hearing about your successes, and I look forward to it more than anything.”
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