Samantha “Sam” Forsyth ’15, J.D. ’18 had a special surprise when she crossed the stage at Lake Matoaka to receive her diploma from the Law School on Sunday, May 13.
Her father, Jody Forsyth, was standing in academic regalia next to Dean Douglas, ready to hand her the degree.
Mr. Forsyth is an adjunct professor at the Law School and a member of the William & Mary Foundation Board. At William & Mary, he and his wife, Wilma Quan-Forsyth, have established the Forsyth Family Scholarship Fund and support the William & Mary Scholars and William & Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE) programs. They also support Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Fund.
On stage, Sam gratefully accepted the diploma from her father.
Their subsequent heartfelt hug was a wonderful bonus.
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