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Class of 2011 Celebrates Commencement

On Saturday, May 21, 167 juris doctor candidates received degrees from the School of Law, marking for each of them the conclusion of a long journey toward that end and a day of joyous celebration with family and friends.

The 2011 commencement activities began on Friday evening, May 20, 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 2011 graduates of George Mason. At 12:30 p.m., members of the law school's Class of 2011 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 The Honorable Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Associate Professor of Law Helen Alvaré was selected as faculty speaker, and graduating students Joshua Counts Cumby and Brianna Marie Neasham were day and evening class speakers, respectively. Cumby and Bryan K. Weir received the Law School Service Award during the ceremony. Weir also held the distinction, along with Henry R. Gola, of graduating summa cum laude at the top of the class.

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 2011 graduation program is available online.