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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mr. Thomas Monaghan at the 2008 Ave Maria Law School Commencement

Here is a transcript of the words of Mr. Thomas Monaghan at the 2008 Ave Maria School of Law Commencement, held on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

Dean Milhizer: I now ask that you please welcome the Chairman of our Board of Governors and our most generous benefactor, Mr. Thomas Monaghan.

Mr. Monaghan: Thank you. Thank you very much.

First I want to thank Congressman Smith for coming here and being with us today. It is a great honor for us. I don't think there is anybody in history who has saved more babies all over the world than Congressman Smith.


I also reiterate what Dean Milhizer said, that we would pray for Dean Bernie Dobranski and also Ryan Buckshaw. I might also say that I think we're very fortunate that we had someone in the wings to take over when Dean Dobranski became ill and has done an oustanding job filling in during the breach. He, uh, nobody could....[applause]

I would also like to thank, particularly, the students who have graduated today and came to Ave Maria School of Law. Not only came here, but stayed here through some rather turbulent times.

Some might say "Why go on with this law school?" "Why keep supporting it?" Judges come from... most of our politicians, and a good many of our business leaders in this country come from this profession. I think there's a real need for our country to have an authentic Catholic law school such as Ave Maria. So I want to thank you for being a part of this.

I can say I'm more enthusiastic, and that goes for the entire Board of Governors, more enthusiastic than ever, more motivated, to make this law school the finest Catholic law school in the country. And you're going to be proud of this law school, you're going to be proud of that diploma, and I'm sure that the law school will be proud of you. Thank you very much.