The 147th commencement of the George Washington University Law School was held on Sunday, May 18, 2014 with 530 JD and 179 LLM graduates receiving degrees at the University Ceremony at the foot of the U.S. Capitol on the National Mall and at the Law School Diploma Ceremony in the Smith Center.
As thousands of family members, friends, and law school community members looked on, the graduates were led into the ceremony. Senior Associate Dean Christopher A. Bracey announced the commencement. Frank Bewkes, Andrew Beyda, Andrew Brookshire, David Dewhirst, David Glanton, Jayne Leemon, Melissa Milchman, Laura Semple, Nicole Tyrell, and Justine Woods, all class of 2014 graduates, sang the National Anthem.
Following his welcome address, Interim Dean Gregory E. Maggs acknowledged the Stockton Guard, graduates from the classes of 1974 and earlier. The Honorable Henry DuPont Ridgely, LLM '74, served as Grand Marshal of the Stockton Guard. Graduates of the class of 1974 were inducted into the Stockton Guard at a brunch and induction ceremony held at the law school earlier that day.
During the presentation of awards, Information Specialist Bobby Walis received the Distinguished Staff Service Award, voted on by the graduating class. The Michael D. Cooley Memorial Award was presented to graduate Nicole Tyrell. See below for a full list of Student Award recipients and Class of 2014 Honors Recipients.
Interim Dean Gregory E. Maggs received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award, which is voted on each year by the graduating class and was presented by Andrew J. Sutton. Professorial Lecturer in Law Robert Palmer received the award for outstanding adjunct faculty teaching. In addition, the status of Professor Emeritus was conferred on Jack Harlan Friedenthal, Howrey Professor of Trial Advocacy, Litigation, and Professional Responsibility; Thomas D. Morgan, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law; and John Andrew Spanogle Jr., William Wallace Kirkpatrick Research Professor of Law.
Bruce Sewell, JD '86, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs at Apple, Inc., delivered the diZerega Lecture and Commencement Address. Read more about Mr. Sewell's Commencement Address, including his four "Sewell's Rules" for succeeding in any work environment, below.
Following the address by Mr. Sewell, each graduate approached the stage to receive his or her diploma from Interim Dean Maggs.
2014 Commencement Photos
Read the full transcript of the 2014 diZerega Lecture and Commencement Address
View a complete list of Student Award recipients
View a complete list of Class of 2014 Honors recipients
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