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Congrats, graduates!

Posted by Library Blog on 05/09/2016 at 09:35 AM

For the graduating 3Ls, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times. You can take off your backpack, put away your highlighters, relax and enjoy the Commencement festivities.

While this is your first time being a law graduate, it is not your first time at a graduation. It is interesting to note that so much about graduation is ritual.

For example, the song Pomp and Circumstance is well known as “the Graduation song.” However, it is interesting to note the song wasn’t always associated with graduation and some people think it is associated with “Macho Man” Randy Savage!

Another graduation tradition is the cap and gown. It appears that this tradition grew out of practicality more than fashion. According to several online sources, including this one, “The academic dress worn by graduates during Commencement dates back to the Middle Ages when flowing gowns kept scholars warm in cold and drafty buildings.” Hopefully, graduation will be warm and sunny this year!

Although you will be transitioning to the next phase of your education and career, please remember that the law library is always here to be of service. In the short term, we have information on our website about post-graduation access to some of our subscription databases.

Graduates have until June 30, 2016 to redeem their LexisNexis Rewards points. You will receive an email reminding them of this. Also, on July 1st your view of the Lexis Law School Home Page will switch from your current view to the graduate view. This new view will provide career and job search info and you will be awarded 10,000 Graduate Rewards points that can be redeemed for LexisNexis eBooks and online subscriptions for Lexis Practice Advisor, Lexis for Microsoft Office, and Law360.

Long term, information about alumni privileges can be found on the library’s RWU Law Alumni Services page. Always remember that the librarians are here to provide reference assistance even when you are in practice and not in class.

Good Luck! Congrats! We will miss you!

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