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Feb. 28, 2015

Veronica Dillon delivers keynote address to more than 100 graduates

LOS ANGELES, CA – (February 28, 2015) –Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the nation’s first fully-online law school, held its 23rd graduation today at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The graduating class included 65 graduates of the Juris Doctor program and 40 who earned an Executive Juris Doctor degree. In addition, this graduating class included 2 graduates of Concord’s Small Business Practice LLM program designed for lawyers and law school graduates who want practical courses focused on the needs of small business clients.

Concord Law School Interim Dean Larry David conferred the degrees to graduates who hail from 24 states. Veronica Dillon, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Graham Holdings Company, was the graduation speaker.

Four graduates were recognized for their service to the legal community, contributions to the Law School, and academic excellence.

Heather A. Martino from Woodside, New York, received the Kaplan Award for Legal Services. The award honors the Concord graduate who demonstrated excellence in professionalism and exemplary service to the legal community.

Erin Smith (Fishers, Indiana) and Elizabeth Ann Wood (New Bern, North Carolina) received the Jack R. Goetz Award for Academic Excellence. Named for the founding Dean of Concord Law School, it recognizes the JD graduate with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Tammy Gardner of Amherst, New York was honored with the Sue Lane Award. Named for Concord Law School’s first registrar, the award recognizes one student from the graduating class who embodies a strong work ethic, compassionate nature and service to the community.

About Concord Law School

Concord Law School is the nation’s premier provider of online law degrees. Since opening its virtual doors in 1998, Concord has helped more than 1,900 graduates obtain their Juris Doctor (JD), Executive Juris DoctorSM(EJD) or Small Business Practice LLM degrees. Concord is a part of Kaplan University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional education accrediting organization. Kaplan University is part of Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Across its 75-plus year history, first as a small test-prep pioneer and then an early online education leader and now a global education provider, Kaplan has been recognized for expanding educational access and using technology and learning science innovations to continually improve outcomes for its students and partners. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 22,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses.

Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.kaplan.com

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