This year's class is diverse, with the largest representation of international students on record, including students from the Bahamas, Canada, India, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. The class of 2011 includes a French lawyer, a Tacoma neurosurgeon, a former police officer and a former minor league baseball player. The class includes two married couples who started and finished law school together. At least eight babies were born to students during the past three years.
Four graduates were recognized for their individual achievements. The Dean's Medal was presented to Brian Guerard, who has served as president of the Student Bar Association, and Kurt Kruckeberg, who was editor of the Seattle University Law Review. Reyna Ramolete Hayashi and Kathrine Price, who have both excelled academically and been active in student organizations and as social justice advocates, were named faculty scholars.
The university also conferred the title of Professor Emeritus upon longtime faculty members Marilyn Berger and Melinda Branscomb.
In addition to remarks by University President Father Stephen Sundborg, S.J., and Dean Mark Niles, graduate Victoria Slade was the student speaker, selected by her classmates. Graduates chose Professor Sid DeLong to give the faculty address.