TU Law School to Graduate 44 in Dec. 22 Hooding Ceremony

Friday, December 13, 2002

Published on 12/13/02

The University of Tulsa College of Law will graduate 44 students, including one master's candidate, at a hooding ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, in the Allen Chapman Activity Center at Fifth Place and Gary Avenue. A reception for graduates and guests will follow at John Rogers Hall, 3120 E. Fourth Place.

Judge Patrick Moore, the distinguished District Court Judge for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, will receive an LL.M. degree in American Indian and Indigenous Law. TU is one of only two universities in the nation to offer this degree.

Sheldon J. Sperling (TU Law '79), a federal prosecutor in Muskogee, will deliver the featured commencement address. Other speakers will include Judge C. Michael Zacharias, president-elect of the TU Law Alumni Association, and Rodney A. Nixon, valedictorian.

Nixon is a native Tulsan and graduate of Oklahoma State University. He completed law school in two and a half years by attending summer sessions. During this time, he also worked and maintained his role as husband and father of two. " Fortunately, I have a very supportive and understanding family," he said.

"TU professors are very open to assisting students and helping them get the most out of their studies," Nixon said. " Also, recent upgrades, such as the Mabee Legal Information Center, provide students with the latest technology."