Law School Graduates Celebrate 2013 Convocation

Saturday, May 18, marked the day the long journey through law school ended and the future opened up for 254 JD and three LLM students who were handed their diplomas by Dean Daniel Polsby at the spring 2013 commencement ceremonies at George Mason University .

At 10 a.m. on commencement day, all 8,000 Class of 2013 graduates were honored at the university’s traditional full convocation held at the Patriot Center on the Fairfax Campus. At 12:30 p.m., members of the law school's Class of 2013 assembled for a panoramic class photo, afterward filing into the university's Concert Hall for the start of the School of Law's convocation at 2 p.m.

The law school convocation featured a guest address by The Honorable William T. Newman, Jr., Presiding Judge and Chief Judge for the Arlington Circuit Court, 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia. Eric Claeys, Professor of Law, was selected as faculty speaker, while graduating students Abby Vexler Uzupis and Lora Barnhart Driscoll were day and evening class speakers, respectively. Dean Polsby awarded Cory Maggio the Law School Service Award during the ceremony for his contributions to the law school. Graduating students Muhammad Elsayed, Tyson Alynn Johnson, and Wesley E. Weeks had the distinction of graduating 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.

2013 commencement activities were ushered in on Friday evening, May 17, with the traditional 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 final class get-together prior to graduation day.

The 2013 graduation program is available online.