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Pepperdine Law Celebrates the Class of 2013

The Pepperdine School of Law honored the class of 2013 at the commencement ceremony held on May 17.

More than 250 graduates gathered to celebrate the completion of their degrees at Pepperdine's Alumni Park. Graduating student Jenna Blackmon gave the invocation, while classmate Mark Reinhardt led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Di Li, also a graduate, performed the national anthem.

Grant Bryan was chosen by the Class of 2013 to give the student address.

"The game is changing," he said, focusing his message on transition from student life to that of a professional. Law, Bryan noted, is a profession that "at its core is about service to others." Bryan drew from an experience he had during finals week – one that found him with a crashed computer and class notes lost in the shuffle. Classmates stepped in within hours to provide him with their notes. The competition, Bryan noted, was no longer an issue. The selfless acts of classmates, he added, defined the very reason he chose to pursue a career in law.

Gil Purcell (JD '83), renowned California trial attorney and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, advised students to remember the importance of the role of the courts, judges, and attorneys.

"Bad things happen to good people that need your help," Purcell said. Purcell urged the graduates to remember the sacrifices of their families and to remain service-centered throughout their careers.