Class of 2010 Celebrates Commencement

The 225 juris doctor candidates and two students receiving master of laws (LLM) degrees from the School of Law had a lot to be grateful for on Saturday, May 15, as they enjoyed the long-anticipated moment of graduation from Mason Law amid the joy and admiration of family and friends.

The 2010 commencement activities began on Friday evening, May 14, with the Annual Graduation Reception held 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 7,783 2010 graduates of George Mason. At 12:30 p.m., members of the law school's Class of 2010 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 Justice William C. (Bill) Mims of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The Honorable Robert W. Wooldridge Jr., Senior Lecturer in Law, was selected as faculty speaker, and graduating students Chen Li and Whitney Marie Rolig were day and evening class speakers, respectively. Rebecca Lynn Harker received the Law School Service Award during the ceremony. Finishing at the head of the class were Alyssa H. DaCunha and George William Ingham, 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 2010 graduation program is available online.