Justice Peggy A. Quince addresses graduating class
Florida Coastal School of Law will hold its 19th spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, awarding 192 juris doctor degrees and 18 Master of Laws degrees. Justice Peggy A. Quince, Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida and the first African-American woman to sit on Florida’s Supreme Court, will address the graduating class.
Scott DeVito, Dean, will confer the degrees in a ceremony scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Times-Union Center of the Performing Arts, 300 Water Street, Jacksonville. Those unable to attend may watch a live stream of the event via Florida Coastal School of Law’s Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/FloridaCoastal.
Among the Class of 2017 is Vikash Saunders, who will address his fellow students at commencement. Saunders served as captain of the school’s softball team. He is from Toronto, Canada, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University. Upon graduation, Saunders will be studying for the Florida Bar Exam and will be pursuing a career in Corporate Law, focusing in transactional and contract work.
“Our students achieving such a milestone, is one of those exhilarating, self-actualized accomplishments that sends waves of fulfillment and self-worth. It demonstrates that anything is possible and unlocking human potential can become a reality given the right tools, guidance and support. This is part of our vision at Coastal Law and we are so proud to join these graduates and their families celebrating such a momentous occasion,” James Artley, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
The May 2017 graduating class demonstrated a passion for justice and commitment to the local Jacksonville community, providing a collective 16,000 hours of pro bono legal service. More than 70 graduates completed 125 hours of pro bono service. Their work led to Florida Coastal School of Law’s appointment to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement.
“It is always great to see parents and family members celebrating the investment these graduates have made and the trust they have had in us that we would provide what they need for their transformation from the students of today to the lawyers of tomorrow,” says Dean Scott DeVito.
Since its establishment in 1996, Florida Coastal School of Law has more than 5,000 graduates who are helping to improve the lives of others in the world today in private practice, public service, business, government and on the bench.