The annual champagne toast of the graduating class of the Columbus School of Law marks the bell lap of their law school careers. Only another day or so of classes, followed by an intense period of study for finals, separates the 3rd and 4th year students from receiving their diplomas on Commencement Day.
The toast is a time for reflection and appreciation for all the students have accomplished. The 2012 toast on April 26 again sounded the familiar themes.
Fourth-year evening student Renee Trotter, chosen to deliver the toast to her classmates, spoke of the unusual closeness and collegiality among the student body at Catholic University’s law school. Trotter said she chose CUA because of its ethos and the kind of student it attracts, and she hasn’t been disappointed.
“When I applied to law school, I decided to make my life about someone other than me, and so have you,” Trotter said.
She then led her classmates in a raised glass toast to the past, the present, and the future.
The brief ceremony also featured the announcement of Professor Ray Wyrsch as the Faculty Marshal for the 2012 Commencement. Dean Veryl Miles, in her final appearance at the champagne toast as dean, informed the students that the May 25 Commencement Day speaker will be Daniel M. Gallagher, a 1999 alumnus of the law school and the most recently appointed commissioner of the five-member Securities and Exchange Commission.
Gallagher is the first CUA Law graduate to serve as an SEC commissioner, which is the nation’s primary regulatory body for the securities and trading industry.
“When you see Commissioner Gallagher, you see yourselves. Know it, believe it!” said Dean Miles.