What is it?
The Graduation Challenge to support the Annual Fund is a student-initiated class giving (pledge) program established to help us maintain a positive connection with our school and to keep the quality of education strong at Cleveland-Marshall. Through this effort the graduating class pledges their support to the future strength of Cleveland-Marshall.
Why do we do this?
Because Cleveland-Marshall is a state-assisted, not state-supported institution, the monies it receives cover only minimal operating expenses. It is essential to develop and maintain funding from internal and external constituencies. Cleveland-Marshall needs our support of the Annual Fund to thrive. Our goal is to help fill in the gaps so we can maintain the excellent education opportunities at Cleveland-Marshall that we have received.
Not only is fundraising an important part of maintaining a law school, it is a factor by which the law school is judged. As a future graduate of Cleveland-Marshall, your law degree will be the one of, if not the most, important assets you will have. Increasing the fundraising at Cleveland-Marshall increases the law school's esteem nationally, and subsequently increases the prestige of your law degree. Giving to the Graduation Challenge is, quite literally, an investment in your own degree.
How can you contribute?
Students can contribute to the Graduation Challenge by filling out gift/pledge envelope, which can be obtained from all Graduation Challenge Committee members or from the Dean's office. Also, for your convenience, students can give through this website by clicking the "To Make a Gift" button. You can designate your gift to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and enter Graduation Challenge in the comments field. If you would like to designate your gift for a specific purpose you can do so in the comments field.
How will the money be used?
You have the option of designating your pledge to your particular area of interest at the law school. Law scholarships, law library, Law Review, Moot Court, The Global Business Law Review, Journal of Law and Health, a clinic, or a specific scholarship program‚ the choice is yours. If you decide not to designate your gift, it will be placed in the law school's general fund to be used to meet the most pressing needs.
Who does this?
As stated above, the Graduation Challenge is a student-initiated fundraising drive. It is planned and organized completely by the students. Questions regarding the Graduation Challenge can be directed to any member of the Graduation Challenge Committee.