Valparaiso University Law Students Celebrate Commencement


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156 Valparaiso University Law School graduates received their diplomas at the Chapel of the Resurrection on the Valparaiso University campus on Sunday, May 18.

Ms. Joyce Thompson served as this year’s commencement speaker. Thompson is an associate director in the enforcement department at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more than 12 years, Ms Thompson served in the enforcement department, and is one of the most senior investigators on the enforcement staff. Joyce is responsible for the development of investigative strategies involving violations of NCAA legislation at Division I, II and III member institutions.

Thompson urged the graduates to know their “authentic” selves and “core values.”

“Always think about the decisions you make, the words you say, and your treatment of others,” said Thompson. “Make doing the right thing an automatic choice and not a question you have to ponder.”

Lastly, said Thompson, the new lawyers must “make something better in the world for someone else.”

Professor Sarah (Sally) Holterhoff received the Jack A. Hiller Distinguished Faculty Award, recognizing her commitment to scholarship, teaching and service. Professor Holterhoff embodies the highest standards of rigorous, yet caring, teaching, and a true commitment to students.  In addition to providing outstanding classroom teaching in Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research, Professor Holterhoff spends countless hours working on Law School and University committees and providing excellent reference service to faculty and students.

A reception followed the presentation of diplomas for the graduates and families in the Harre Union.

For more information about the Law School Commencement:

NWI Times Article

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