Best-selling author John Grisham is known for writing clever legal dramas, but on Saturday, his words came to life.
He spoke to graduates at Washington & Lee University’s Law School.
The class, along with family and friends, assembled on the school’s front lawn for the commencement ceremony.
Grisham’s address highlighted the importance of giving back.
“Until you use your license and your brains and your enthusiasm and your youthfulness to reach out, to reach down and to help someone less fortunate, you won’t realize the power the law has to protect people,” said Grisham.
At the end of the ceremony, the graduates presented Grisham, a lawyer himself, with his very own walking stick. It’s a school tradition that dates back to the 1930s. Each graduate receives one in addition to their diplomas.