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First Graduation Ceremony

His Majesty The King graced the Graduation Ceremony for the very first class of law students, 13 women and 12 men from Bhutan’s first and only law school, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck (JSW) School of Law at Pangbisa, Paro. Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, President of JSW Law, the Prime Minister, members of the Governing Council, and distinguished guests and representatives of the partners and donor organizations attended the ceremony, together with the staff and families of the graduates.

In a unique ceremony held at JSW Law’s new campus in Pangbisa, Paro, the 25 students – future leaders of the legal profession in Bhutan – pledged their commitment to serve the Tsa-Wa-Sum with justice and wisdom.  First, marking the wisdom stage, graduating students received the Dhar, graduation medal, and Lung (oral transmission) of the Bodhisattva Manjushri from Gyalse Trulku Rinpoche in the Altar Room, or the Shrine of Wisdom.  Next, marking the service stage, staff and students completed a quiet procession to the JSW Pillar. Students contemplated their five years of learning, circumambulated the pillar three times and recited an oath of service. Finally,  marking the justice stage, students were conferred a degree certificate and transcript.

During the conferring of degrees, Tashi Norbu, a graduating student from Trashigang was awarded the Mirror of Wisdom Award, in recognition of academic and leadership excellence.  

“This is a very special moment for the JSW Law family,” said Dean Sangay Dorjee. “We are very grateful to His Majesty the King, our Honourable President, and the many donors and supporters who made this accomplishment possible. As JSW Law continues its development in exciting directions, including the launch of our new Climate Change Project, we look forward to increasing our positive impact on society in the years to come.” 

The graduation ceremony is not merely a celebratory event but also a solemn event aimed at instilling in students the true sense of Service to the Tsa-Wa-Sum with justice and wisdom.

The twenty five graduates are expected to take up a variety of jobs in the public and private sectors.