Solicitor tells grads to 'cherish path to your degree'

Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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Barry Barnette is Solicitor for the 7th Judicial Circuit.

Barry Barnette is Solicitor for the 7th Judicial Circuit.


Congratulations to the Class of 2020. It is a wonderful time to celebrate your accomplishments and look forward to future opportunities. I realize your celebration is different than you ever envisioned but I encourage you to cherish the path to your degree, the valuable relationships established along the way and the creative celebrations that are occurring.

I challenge you to pursue your dreams and take advantage of any opportunity that allows you to develop your talents. After my high school graduation, I worked hard to be the best chemistry teacher that I could be and later began practicing law. That career decision led me to become a judge and a prosecutor. I quickly discovered the parallels between the legal and education professions. Both careers require communication, research and writing skills. The similarities helped me to make a smooth transition into my career. I hope your choices will lead to success and happiness in the future.

Take time to thank your parents, family, teachers, administrators and others who have helped you to become the person you are today.

If I can ever be of further assistance on any note, feel free to call one of our offices at 864-596-2575 or 864-487-2576.

Barry Barnette


7th Judicial Circuit


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