Legal Education Institute Recognizes Graduates with Certificate Award Ceremony
Web Editor - Published: May 22, 2013
“The measure of success is to be happy with what you’ve done,” Michael J. Hawley, Esq. told recent graduates at the Legal Education Institute’s annual Certificate Award Ceremony, held on Monday, May 20th in the Barrister’s Club.

Hawley, of Mandracchia & McWhirk, LLC and an adjunct professor at the Legal Education Institute, delivered the Address to Certificate Recipients, telling an anecdote about a childhood bet with two friends about which of them would be most successful. He related that one of his friends chose to become a criminal, initially achieving wealth but later losing it all and dying at a young age. His other friend failed in his initial endeavors but overcame those struggles to reinvent himself and achieve a successful career as a consultant.

He encouraged the honorees to be happy, saying, “The way to be happy is to like yourself,” and he reminded them that the reason not to lie, steal, and cheat is so that you can always be satisfied with who you are and what you’ve done.

“Go get started on all of the successes and the failures and all of the other great things that you’re going to do,” he concluded.

In addition to the awarding of Certificates, the ceremony included Academic Achievement Awards, recognition of students in the LEX Chapter Honor Society and the Outstanding Faculty Awards. Legal Education Institute Director Nicole Ballenger presented Faculty Awards to Hawley, The Honorable Thomas J. Lacey, and Eileen Riley Sutton, Esq. before announcing that students Janet Frost, Cheryl Raymond, Harry Taylor, Shavonne White, Marcelle Deflandre, Erin Hammond, Lauren Hower, and Sandhya Shepherd-Sipos were the recipients of Academic Achievement Awards. Wendy Wilkinson was recognized with the Widener University Continuing Studies Award for Outstanding Achievement in Paralegal Studies.

Widener Law Alumni Association president Renae B. Axelrod also offered some brief words of encouragement to the honorees before the conclusion of the program.

Legal Education Institute students receiving bachelor’s or associate’s degrees were graduated previously along with other undergraduate students at the Widener University commencement held on the Chester campus on Saturday, May 18th.