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Law School Class of 2016 Celebrates Convocation

On Saturday, May 14, the George Mason University School of Law awarded 134 JD degrees and four LLM degrees at the annual convocation ceremony held at the university's Fairfax Campus. Dean Henry N. Butler presided over the ceremony.

2016 Law Graduates
Members of the Class of 2016

The guest speaker was The Honorable Pauline Newman, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and a former Distinguished Professor at Mason Law. Graduating students elected Michael Krauss, Professor of Law, to deliver the faculty address. Timothy Lam Tang and Brandon Robert Gould were speakers for the day and evening classes, respectively. Student Bar Association President Ryan James Wautlet also delivered remarks.

Dean Butler presented a number of awards to graduating students including the Daniel D. Polsby Award For Excellence In Leadership to Peter F. Donohue, the Law School Community Service Award to Siddhant Das and Taylor Danielle Hoverman, and the Law School Pro Bono Award to Carly Mee and Nady Peralta. Brandon Robert Gould had the distinction of graduating summa cum laude.

Music for the law school convocation was provided by the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble, and the presentation of colors was by members of the George Mason University U.S. Army ROTC. A reception for attendees was held after the ceremony.

Commencement activities were ushered in on Friday evening, May 13, with the annual graduation reception held on the Arlington Campus for graduates, their families, faculty, and staff. The reception, hosted by the Dean and the Student Bar Association, provides a festive atmosphere for a final class get-together prior to graduation day.

Professor Michael Krauss has published My Address to the Graduating Class Of 2016, George Mason Law School as an opinion piece on Forbes (May 14, 2016). A video of his address is also available on YouTube.

The 2016 Convocation Program is available online.