Scalia Law Honors Class of 2024

Scalia Law Graduates wearing their graduation robes while standing outside

The law school held convocation ceremonies on May 10 and 11 honoring more than 400 members of the Class of 2024.

On May 10, the school’s JM and LLM graduates were honored in a first-ever separate ceremony in the Van Metre Hall Auditorium. Nicholas-James Weston and Sofia Martinez-Bastidas spoke on behalf of their respective JM and LLM classes. Adjunct Professor Aurafe Nayan Malayang-Diehl was chosen by the graduates as their faculty speaker. Sandra Castaneda, LLM ’21, vice president and corporate counsel at Marriott International, gave the keynote address.

On May 11, the largest graduating JD class in the school’s history—264 students—was celebrated at the Center for the Arts on GMU’s Fairfax Campus. Emma Capitanelli delivered the address on behalf of the day students, and Patrick Madrid spoke for the evening class. Student Bar Association President Mary Stuart also gave remarks. JD candidate Sarah Barker sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at both ceremonies.

The Class of ’24 selected Professor Caroline Cecot as their faculty speaker, and the Honorable Melissa A. Long, ’95, delivered the JD keynote address. Justice Long has served on the Rhode Island Supreme Court since 2021.

View a gallery of photos from the events.