WMU-Cooley Tampa Bay campus graduates take part in virtual swearing-in ceremony
IN THE PAST, WMU-COOLEY LAW SCHOOL has helped military graduates on active duty, outside of their home states, become members of their states’ bars through virtual swearing-in ceremonies. Due to COVID-19 precautions, on April 23, seven graduates of WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus were sworn into The Florida Bar virtually. WMU-Cooley’s most recent Florida Bar exam passers had the opportunity to join fellow graduates to be sworn into the state’s legal bar by 13th Circuit Court Judge Christopher C. Sabella. The ceremony was carried out using the law school’s online teaching platform, allowing the graduates to invite family and friends to participate in the ceremony from remote locations. In addition to the graduates, family, and friends, WMU-Cooley faculty and staff members joined the ceremony from their homes. Following the formal ceremony, WMU-Cooley Dean James McGrath offered a virtual toast to Florida’s newest attorneys. WMU-Cooley graduates sworn into the Bar during the special virtual ceremony are Bryan Buenaventura, Luis Dionicio-Elera, Derek Grisard, Anya Henry, Alexis Morris, Joseph Spedale, and Aldolfo Valero.