Law School Class of 2009 Celebrates Commencement Day

On Saturday, May 16, the 232 members of the George Mason University School of Law Class of 2009 said farewell to their days as law students and took a collective giant step into their futures as members of the law profession with the awarding of their long-awaited juris doctor degrees. An additional five students received master of laws (LLM) degrees in Intellectual Property and Law and Economics at the ceremony.

The 2009 commencement activities began on Friday evening, May 15, with the Annual Graduation Reception held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Levy Atrium, Hazel Hall, for graduates, their families, faculty, and staff. The reception is sponsored each year by the Student Bar Association and provides a festive atmosphere for a last class get-together prior to graduation day.

Commencement day began as is customary with the university's commencement program held at the Patriot Center on the Fairfax campus at 10 a.m. to recognize all 2009 graduates of George Mason. At 12:30 p.m., members of the law school's Class of 2009 assembled for a panoramic class photo, afterward filing into the university's Concert Hall for the beginning of the School of Law's convocation at 2 p.m.

Law school Dean Daniel D. Polsby presided over the convocation, which featured a guest address by United States Senator for Virginia James H. Webb. The Honorable Jonathan C. Thacher ('80), Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, was selected as faculty speaker, and graduating students Heather A. Hickman and Brandy L. Wagstaff were day and evening class speakers, respectively. Hickman and fellow student Scott L. Scher each received the Law School Service Award during the ceremony. Finishing at the head of the class were Ashlie Lawton and Alison Mary Lima, who graduated summa cum laude.

Music for the law school convocation was provided by the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, and presentation of colors was by members of the George Mason University United States Army ROTC.

The 2009 graduation program is available online.