UConn Law School Commencement May 19, 2002
(Released: May 19, 2002)
Office of University Communications
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Honorable Patricia M. Wald, former
judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia and chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia (retired) spoke today at the
79th annual Commencement of the University of
Connecticut School of Law.
Judge Wald, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree,
spoke about the changes in the world post-Sept. 11. She also gave
the graduates some axioms to live by. The University awarded 203
juris doctor degrees, 19 master of law degrees in United States
legal studies, and nine master of law in insurance law degrees.
For more information, please go to the
Commencement News website.
Quotes from Judge Wald:
"9/11 changed the fate of the nation."
"Much of what we took for granted before, we cherish
"Terrorists and fate do not abide our rules."
"However our world evolves post-9/11, you, as lawyers, will
play a central role in it."
"Not everyone can reach the summit. Be prepared to pitch
your tent part way up. The grass will still be green."
"In the end, it is you who will have to define success for
yourself on your own terms."
"Recognize how much of life depends on luck."
"Danger lies in solely thinking of yourself as a proxy for
"Individuals do count, no matter how wide the stage and how
grand the arena."
Also please go to the Commencement News
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