Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

May 07, 2013
Graduating Students Honored to be Commencement Speaker and Singer

At Southwestern's 98th Commencement Ceremony on May 12 at the Shrine Auditorium, part-time evening student Aaron Abergel will deliver the student commencement address and full-time day student Kristina Smith will sing the national anthem.

Aaron AbergelAaron Abergel, Student Commencement Speaker

The founder and CFO of a jewelry company, as well as the CEO for a lighting business and the head manager of a family-owned real estate management company, Abergel specifically chose Southwestern's evening program so he could work in all of his business ventures during the day. He will continue to work in his business endeavors after graduation and is pleased to have gotten an outstanding legal education at Southwestern.

"I wanted to be the speaker because I had a message that I wanted to convey to my fellow classmates," Abergel said. "That message is simple. Have the confidence to become exactly what you want to become regardless of what other people might think."

Abergel is thrilled to have the honor to speak to his classmates and colleagues. "This was possibly the greatest honor I have ever received," he said. "I was also the commencement speaker at my undergraduate ceremony. I waited four years to have this opportunity, and I truly believe that if you want something badly enough there is nothing that can hold you back."

Kristina SmithKristina Smith, Commencement Singer

Kristina Smith has been singing since she can remember. For the past five years, she has played keyboard and sang professionally for various bands. She has also written, recorded and performed her own songs. She minored in Songwriting at the USC Thornton School of Music, which helped her take her musicianship to the next level. She also plays piano, guitar and drums. In fact, after she takes the bar exam in July, she looks forward to dedicating more time to her music.

"I am so honored to have been selected to represent my class and my country as the 2013 Commencement Singer," Smith said. "It will be my first time singing on such a grand stage, so I'm sure it will be an exhilarating experience. I also feel that singing the National Anthem will be a wonderful way to honor the memory of my mother since we are graduating on Mother's Day, and she was so excited about me being in law school and always loved to hear me sing."
As for her professional plans, Smith is interested in several areas of law, including intellectual property law, entertainment and media law, criminal law, and estate planning law. She is even entertaining the idea of eventually applying to be a Special Agent with the FBI or applying to a PhD program in Psychology. However, she wants to practice law first.