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Law School Convocation To Take Place May 17

George Mason University School of Law will celebrate its 2014 Convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the Concert Hall located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. Graduating students should take time to acquaint themselves with the complete schedule of events at Graduation Information 2014.

Commencement activities will begin with the Annual Graduation Reception to be held on Friday evening, May 16, from 6:00 until 8:30 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 an opportunity for a final class get-together prior to graduation day.

This year’s Convocation will feature a guest address by Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Judge Alston joined the court in 2009 after confirmation by the Virginia General Assembly. He previously served as a juvenile and domestic relations district judge for three years in Prince William County and then as circuit court judge beginning in 2001. In 2007, he was elected by his peers as chief judge of the 31st Judicial District in Prince William County. He earned his B.A. from Averett University in 1979 and his J.D. from North Carolina Central in 1982.

The graduating class members have elected Richard Kelsey, Assistant Dean for Management & Planning, as their faculty speaker for the Convocation ceremony. Graduating students Michael Ballanco and Benjamin M. Charlton have been elected as speakers for the day and evening classes, respectively, for the ceremony.

Graduating students should plan to arrive at the Concert Hall shortly after noon, with parking available in the adjacent parking garage. At 12:30 p.m., members of the law school's Class of 2014 will assemble 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 Concert Hall opens to guests at 1:15 p.m.

At 10 a.m. on May 17, all Class of 2014 graduates will be honored at the University’s traditional full Commencement program to be held at the Patriot Center on the Fairfax Campus. Law graduates are welcome to attend this ceremony, as well, if they wish. Tickets are required for guests, with a maximum of four tickets per graduate. Details are available online.