Charleston School of Law holds Winter Commencement ceremony

The Charleston School of Law hosted its Winter 2023 Commencement ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Charleston Museum Auditorium.

Of the Winter 2023 graduating class, five students graduated cum laude, one student graduated magna cum laude, one summa cum laude. In addition, six students graduated with presidential honors.

“Our Winter Commencement ceremony is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our students success and begin the holiday season,” said Dean and Provost Larry Cunningham. “Our faculty have prepared our graduates to serve the greater good through the legal profession. We look forward to seeing our graduates continue to excel in the community.”

In addition, two students were inducted into the school’s Forensic Club: Khari Ford and Matthew Decker . Selection to the Forensic Club is based on three criteria: leadership, professionalism, and academic commitment.

A core value at the Charleston School of Law is to instill within its graduates a commitment to public service. Students are required to perform a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono (“for the public good”) service to the community.

Eight students were recognized for their outstanding service in the community. Those who served 100 or more hours were: Rachel Maria Castell, Graeham Colin Gillin, Miranda Allissa Graves, Casey Elizabeth Herm, Madeleine Leigh King, Crawford Austin Morgan, Keira Marie Rhoat and Mark Zdanewicz.

“This group of talented individuals is now equipped with legal knowledge for the rigors of the legal profession,” noted Charleston School of Law president Ed Bell. “One of the incredible things about this school is that each student shows dedication to the founding motto: pro bono populi. The dedication of time and effort toward the betterment of others throughout the community is a worthwhile proposition and something that will serve them well in their lives.”

Music for the annual Winter Commencement ceremony was provided by the Charleston Brass. 

The Charleston School of Law offices will be closed through the holiday season and will reopen on Wednesday, January 3. Spring classes for the spring semester will begin on Monday., January 8.

Winter 2023 Commencement
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The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors sixth in the country for faculty accessibility and No. 12 nationwide in quality of teaching (2022)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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