Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to deliver the keynote address at NCCU School of Law Hooding Ceremony

Posted April 25, 2024, 1:31PM

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who served as the 83rd Attorney General of the United States from 2015 to 2017, will address the Juris Doctor candidates of NCCU School of Law on Friday, May 3, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will take place at Kings Park International Church in Durham.

Lynch has been a leading progressive voice during her 30+ year highly distinguished career. She is the first female African American Attorney General of the United States, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015. She also served as the head of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York twice, under both President Clinton and President Obama. 

Described by President Obama as “the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters, drug lords and terrorists, and still has the reputation for being a charming ‘people person,” she has been instrumental in shaping the direction of the nation on a number of tough issues. She improved the relationship between local law enforcement and the communities they serve, and she has taken bold stances on criminal justice reform.

“We are honored to welcome Attorney General Loretta Lynch as our distinguished keynote speaker for this year's Hooding Ceremony," said Dean Patricia Timmons-Goodson. "Her exemplary leadership, unwavering commitment to public service, and steadfast dedication to upholding the rule of law serve as a beacon of inspiration for our graduates as they embark on their legal journeys.”

The Hooding Ceremony symbolizes the transition from law student to legal professional. The event serves as a celebration of academic achievement, dedication, and the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance.

Tickets are required. For more information, please visit or contact Carol Chestnut, associate dean of students at [email protected] or 919-530-6286.

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