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2011 May Graduation
The Cumberland School of Law commencement ceremony for the Class of 2011 was held at the Wright Center on the campus of Samford University Friday, May 13. Prior to commencement, a reception for the graduates and their families was held in the Great Room in Robinson Hall. This year's speaker, Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby, urged graduates to give high priority to public service in their careers and to be ready for such opportunities.
"The call may come when you least expect it," she told Cumberland's 145 graduates, "and it doesn't necessarily mean elective office. Public service is something beyond charity, and it's an essential part of American life."
Congresswoman Roby is a 2001 graduate of Cumberland who was elected to Congress as a Republican last November after serving on the Montgomery City Council. She is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Judge John Carroll, Dean of Cumberland School of Law, presented the law school's Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award to graduate Zachary La Fleur of Tucson, Arizona. The award was established by Governor Albert Brewer in memory of his father.