Life changes: UHLC's Margaret Webber graduates and gives birth on same day  

Margaret Webber '17 gave birth to her son, Hudson 'Beau' Brian Webber Jr. on the same day she earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

May 24, 2017 — As Margaret Webber prepares to embark on a career in law, she is also beginning another lifelong journey —motherhood.

On the afternoon of May 13, the 2017 University of Houston Law Center graduate and her husband, Hudson Webber, welcomed their newborn son, Hudson Brian Webber Jr., who will be referred to as Beau, to the world. His birth provided Webber a special reason to miss the Law Center Convocation ceremony later that day.

"I am so proud of my J.D. and really wanted to walk across that stage, but this was a great life achievement too," Webber said. "Becoming a mother and graduating cum laude from UHLC all in one day was the best day of my life."

Webber said while juggling a pregnancy with her final semester of law school proved to be challenging, the support of her husband helped her persevere.

"There's no way I could have finished as strong as I did without the love and encouragement of my husband," Webber said. "He was the best cheerleader I could ask for. While the timing of the baby seemed a little crazy, I actually think it was completely perfect.

"I sat in the hospital bed the night of graduation holding my new son. I glanced at the clock at 6:45 p.m., and knew the ceremony was going on. I think my heart almost burst with pride. Beau could not have picked a better birthday, even if it meant I had to take finals at 40 weeks pregnant."

With Beau at her side, Webber will spend the summer studying for the bar exam. In the fall, Webber will begin practicing at Vinson & Elkins in the Mergers, Acquisitions, and Capital Markets practice group.

 "I was a summer associate with Vinson & Elkins last year," Webber said. "I enjoyed the work and the people very much, and I'm looking forward to starting my legal career."

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