Southern grad prepares for Harvard law
BATON ROUGE - Almost 700 Southern University students got their diplomas Friday morning with their eyes toward the future, and one student among their ranks is preparing to head to his dream school.
Daniel Joiner, 21, graduated with close to a 4.0 grade point average, making him the top student of his graduating class from Southern University.
"I always knew I was going to graduate from Southern since I was a little kid," said Joiner. "I didn't know I was going to be the Chief Marshal."
Now the graduate plans to attend Harvard Law School, one of the nation's top institutions, after applying at the last minute.
"I applied February 1st and got an interview March 7th, and that was crazy," said an ecstatic Joiner.
Joiner graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. He said he decided to apply to Harvard once he noticed his high scores on the LSAT test.
"Once I took my test and got my scores back and I was like I might be good enough" said Joiner. "You know when you apply to Harvard, it's like everybody has the numbers for it so it's kind of like you just hold your breathe and say, well, maybe."
However, his last minute dream has become a reality. Joiner's parents said they weren't surprised when their son received his letter of acceptance.
"He's a very special child. He's always been very studious," said Author Joiner, Daniel's father who is an attorney himself.
Joiner said he's not sure what type of law he wants to practice after he secures his degree from Harvard, but he aspires to be a lawyer just like his father. He said he'll start school in September. Joiner, a complete product of school's in the Capital Area, got his diploma from Redemptorist High School before advancing to SUBR.