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The Second Graduation Ceremony of JSW Law: Class of 2023

On Monday, the 9th of October 2023, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) held its 2nd Graduation Ceremony, celebrating the accomplishments of 18 students (13 young women and 5 young men) of the graduating Class of 2023. The Chief Justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Chogyal Dago Rigdzin, graced the ceremony as the Guest of Honour, in the presence of the Honourable President, Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, Members of the Governing Council, partners,  dignitaries and family members of the graduants. 

JSW Law’s unique graduation ceremony  comprised of three symbolic stages at three different venues on the JSW Law campus corresponding to the three core values of Justice, Service, Wisdom. The ceremony starts with the Wisdom Ceremony at the Sherab Lhakhang, progresses to the Service Ceremony at the JSW Pillar, and concludes with the Justice Ceremony at the Multipurpose Hall. 

Wisdom Ceremony: The first stage, Wisdom ceremony, symbolises the profound wisdom that they have acquired during their rigorous academic journey and is held in the Sherab Lhakhang, the Shrine of Wisdom. The graduates were honoured with dhar [ceremonial scarf] and graduation medal each, followed by grant of Luung – oral transmission of Bodhisattva Manjushri’s wisdom by  His Eminence Leytshog Lopen Sangay Dorji.

Service Ceremony: The graduates proceeded to the the JSW Kachen in a procession where they circumambulate the pillar three times and recited the heartfelt oath of service reaffirming their unwavering commitment to serving the well-being of the Tsa-Wa-Sum through the values of Justice, Service, Wisdom. 

Justice Ceremony: The final stage, the Justice Ceremony, symbolises the start of professional career pathways of the graduates and their responsibility to shape a brighter future for Bhutan. The Chief Justice conferred degree certificates to the graduating class, and the Honourable President awarded the Mirror of Wisdom Award to Yeshi Dema, in recognition of being the overall topper. She delivered a very inspiring acceptance speech, expressing her gratitude for the honour and acknowledging the collective efforts of her classmates who have persevered through challenges during their educational journey.

“This award and the ceremony serve as a testament to the hard work, perseverance, dedication, and commitment not only of myself but also of every student gathered here today,” Yeshi stated in her address. “I am acutely aware that our educational journey was not devoid of challenges. Nevertheless, I am profoundly thankful and immensely proud of how each of us has gracefully navigated these challenges. My deepest gratitude to the Honourable President, Her Royal Highness Princess Sonam Dechan Wangchuck, for being a constant source of inspiration and guidance, serving as our North Star, and guiding us with love. To the entire JSW Law family for welcoming us with open arms, providing unwavering support and encouragement, and creating an environment that felt like home.”

The JSW Law family congratulates  our  Graduating Class of 2023 and wish each of them the very best. We celebrate their achievements and confident about them being the positive change agents.

In support of the school’s environmental sustainability aspirations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) formally presented a Toyota Prius Hybrid  vehicle to the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) during the event underscoring a shared commitment to eco-friendly practices in Bhutan and symbolising a collaborative effort in reducing climate change. JSW Law extends its profound appreciation to the Resident Representative of UNDP, H.E Mohammad Younus and UNDP Bhutan for this generous contribution, recognizing its potential for a lasting positive impact on both the institution and the environment.”