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May 24, 2012

Graduate program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution to hold commencement June 17

The commencement ceremony for the University of Oregon School of Law’s Master’s Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES) will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17, in the Wayne Morse Commons at William H. Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

The ceremony will recognize the academic achievements of 21 graduates, five of whom are concurrently pursuing a law degree, and one who is pursuing a Planning, Public Policy and Management degree.

The two-year CRES program works to educate its students in handling disputes, conflict and decision-making. Graduates will continue on to pursue careers in various occupations.

“We hope our graduates will bring to their families, to their workplaces, and to their communities the skills and understandings that enable them to be, and to inspire and educate others to be, better problem solvers and better peace makers. I see our graduates as part of an evolution towards more collaborative and enlightened management of conflicts, ” says Program Director Tim Hicks.

Dean Michael Moffitt will address the graduating class followed by student speakers Justin Bradley and Kathleen Dwyer.

The recipient of the Kerry Adam Lewiecki Award, which recognizes a student with an interest in conflict resolution and a desire to further the goals and values of compassion and reconciliation, as demonstrated through personal, professional and political activities, will be announced during the ceremony.

CRES Program Director Tim Hicks and Director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center Jane Gordon will briefly speak on each student’s achievements and post-graduation plans before presenting them with a diploma cover and mounted picture with the following quote:

“I applaud this school, and the people who made this program come into being in this school, and the students in it, and the people who teach it. You are some of the first in our nation to begin to see that we have to take another path…The path is made by walking and so you begin to take the step, and then the next step unfold.” – Sister Helen Prejean

Students participating in commencement include:
Tracy Adevai
Stefanie Arnold
Caroline Biedenharn
Justin Bradley
Kristopher Cahoon
Kathleen Dwyer
Brittney Etzel
Lindsay Garnder
Lauren Gonzalez
Bryce Huff
Elisabeth Landers
Sarah Laxton
Megan Leatherman
Jerad Nicholson
Caitlin Robertson
Tina Gutierez-Schimich
Alexander Stuehr
Breanne Taylor
Claire Turpel
Kara Whipple
Mathias Zeumer

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