Fordham Law Holds 101st Diploma Ceremony

May 20, 2008

Fordham Law School held its 101st graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 18, at the Wamu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Fordham Law Dean William Michael Treanor and Fordham University President Joseph McShane, S.J. conferred the J.D. degree on 472 graduates and the LL.M. degree on 104. Class members performed more than 100,000 hours of volunteer work in the public interest during their time at the Law School.

Rich Ross, Fordham Law alumnus and president of Disney Channels Worldwide, gave the graduation address and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Ross urged the graduates to "connect with your passions," and reiterated to them the importance of their law school education: "This experience has not just prepared you for a career in law; it has prepared you for life.…Because you have been here, you are ready to go anywhere."

Dean Treanor congratulated the class by saying, "It is my privilege to honor you today. I have watched you through your years here with admiration and pride….I look forward to seeing you do great things in the years ahead."

Father McShane said to the graduates, "Today, you are the Garden’s main attraction. Savor the glory and start spreading the word."

At the ceremony, awards were also given to faculty for service and achievement. The Eugene J. Keefe Award, given to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham Law community, was presented posthumously to Ann Moynihan, late assistant dean for administration. Dean Moynihan’s sister Nora accepted the award on her behalf. The Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Jennifer Gordon, associate professor of law, and the Dean’s Medal of Achievement was awarded to Professor Michael Lanzarone.

Contact: Steve Eichinger