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Friends and family filled the University of Montana's Dennison Theatre on Saturday to celebrate this year's Alexander Blewett III School of Law graduates.

The Honorable Charles "Chip" Erdmann, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, delivered the commencement address.

The graduates acknowledged the memory of Geoffrey Hathaway, a friend and fellow student at the school, who passed away in March of last year. 

Hathaway's mother, Margaret Hunt, accepted an honorary degree in memory of her son.

Law school Dean Paul Kirgis gave the closing comments, urging students to remember why they decided to pursue degrees in law.

He told them that, though they will be financially well-off in their careers, the most important contribution they will have is through doing good work for the world.

"You can see in the joy they all express here that this is the culmination of a lot of hard work for them. This is a great day," Kirgis said.

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law serves as the academic legal center in Montana, contributing to the development of national, state, and tribal law.

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