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Graduation | Live in Person Event - August 20, 2022

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Aug 5, 2022 9:00:00 AM

On August 20, 2022, at 10:00 AM Central in the Joe M. Green Auditorium at South Texas College of Law, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 70th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the first commencement ceremony held in person since the global COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. CALS is committed to making it a special event for graduates and their friends and families.

6 months ago graduation was held virtually and 121 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 70th Commencement Ceremony, attendees will finally be able to attend in person with their friends and families and have their accomplishments acknowledged as they walk to receive their paralegal certificates and degrees. 

A total of 96 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 72 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 24 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

In addition, Center for Advanced Legal Studies is proud to welcome AAS Degree graduates from the previous four virtual graduation ceremonies who were unable to walk cap-and-gown in acknowledgment of their accomplishments due to COVID restrictions. Congratulations once again on earning your paralegal degrees.

The commencement address will be presented by Nickolas A. Spencer, J.D., M.A. We are delighted Mr. Spencer has agreed to provide the commencement address to our most recent graduating class alongside our Legacy AAS graduates from March 2020 to January 2022.

The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from members of CALS faculty and staff.

Nickolas A Spencer JD

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Graduation Live Stream - February 26, 2022

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Feb 11, 2022 10:00:00 AM

On February 26, 2022, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 69th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the fourth commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and CALS is dedicated to making it a special event for graduates and their friends and families.

6 months ago graduation was held virtually as well and 126 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 69th Commencement Ceremony, attendees will once again be at home watching with their family and friends on the live stream, and presenters will have submitted contributions to the event several days previously.

A total of 121 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 102 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 19 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

The commencement address will be presented by Sepi Khan, Paralegal at Kherkher Garcia. Sepi has over 20 years of legal and administrative experience with a current focus primarily on personal injury law and related torts. Sepi is involved in all phases of a case. She meets directly with clients, participates in client conferences, schedules appointments and court appearances, confers with court personnel and experts, drafts various legal documents, and obtains, reviews, and compiles discovery documentation and information. Sepi is also responsible for business development efforts of the firm, managing and overseeing sponsorships, events, and charitable contributions.

Prior to joining Kherkher Garcia, Sepi was a paralegal and executive assistant to Steve Kherkher at Williams Kherkher Law Firm. She was responsible for day-to-day paralegal duties in various dockets. Sepi quickly found she had a passion for the field of law and was immediately drawn to helping personal injury clients, as they are often faced with a variety of emotional and physical needs. Sepi also gained extensive administrative and accounting duties while at Williams Kherkher. Clients are drawn to Sepi’s calm, helpful, and supportive demeanor. She strives to provide great client care.

The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from members of CALS faculty and staff.

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Graduation Live Stream - August 28, 2021

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Aug 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

On August 28, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 68th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the third straight commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Just over 6 months ago graduation was held virtually as well and 87 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 68th Commencement Ceremony attendees will once again be at home watching with their family and friends on the live stream, and presenters will have submitted contributions to the event several days previously.

A total of 126 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 106 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 20 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

The commencement address will be presented by Julee A. Prentice, C.P., Senior Trial Paralegal and graduate of Center for Advanced Legal Studies. The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from members of CALS faculty and staff.

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Graduation Live Stream - February 27, 2021

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Feb 8, 2021 4:00:00 PM

UPDATE: Due to severe weather in the Houston area, the Graduation Live Stream has been postponed to February 27th.

On February 27, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 67th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the second straight commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Just over 5 months ago graduation was held virtually as well and 103 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 67th Commencement Ceremony attendees will be at home watching with their family and friends on the live stream, and presenters will have submitted contributions to the event several days previously.

A total of 87 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 66 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 21 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

The commencement address will be presented by Thomas B. Swanson, J.D., Academic Dean at Center for Advanced Legal Studies.  The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from Eric H. Happe, Director of Distance Education.

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Graduation Live Stream - September 12, 2020

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Sep 12, 2020 6:00:00 AM

On September 12, 2020, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 66th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs, and wow how different it will be. Just over 6 months ago graduation was held in person at South Texas College of Law and 105 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 66th Commencement Ceremony attendees will be at home watching with their family and friends on the live stream, and presenters will have submitted contributions to the event several days previously.

A total of 103 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 81 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 22 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

Larry King

The commencement address will be presented by
Larry D. King, J.D. In over 40 years as an attorney, his practice areas included civil litigation, employment, insurance defense, contracts, and business law. In addition to the private practice of law, he has worked for both an insurance defense litigation firm and corporate law departments. His corporate experience includes over fourteen years in the American General Corporation Law Department where he served as Associate General Counsel and was responsible for major corporate litigation, and he supervised other attorneys and paralegals. Mr. King has been an instructor at Center for Advanced Legal Studies since 2002. During his 18 year tenure Mr. King has helped educate and inspire thousands of paralegals. Mr. King was the first instructor at CALS to teach a 100% online class session and is currently teaching his 100th Corporate and Business Law course. His commencement address is sure to be insightful, inspiring, and witty.

Additional comments and congratulations will be provided by Academic Dean Thomas B. Swanson, J.D. The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from Eric H. Happe, Director of Distance Education.

Virtual Graduation and Achievement Recognition Program (PDF)

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