The 146th commencement of George Washington University Law School was held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 with 559 JD and 155 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 and University community members looked on, the graduates were led into the ceremony. Senior Associate Dean Christopher A. Bracey announced the commencement. Virginia Lenehan, Molly McCann, and Allison Myers, all class of 2013 graduates, sang the National Anthem.
Following his welcome address, Interim Dean Gregory E. Maggs acknowledged the Stockton Guard, graduates from the classes of 1973 and earlier. Jonathan S. Kahan, JD ‘73, served as Grand Marshal of the Stockton Guard. Graduates of the class of 1973 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 Michael J. Lupetow. See below for a full list of Student Award recipients and Class of 2013 Honors Recipients.
For the third year in a row, 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 Michael J. Lupetow. Professorial Lecturer in Law Randall D. Eliason received the award for outstanding adjunct faculty teaching. In addition, the status of Professor Emeritus was conferred on Jerome A. Barron, the Harold H. Greene Professor of Law.
Randall R. Rader, JD ’78, who was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George H. W. Bush and assumed the duties of Chief Circuit Judge in 2010, delivered the diZerega Lecture and Commencement Address. In his address, Rader spoke about the importance of graduates living their own dreams in order to make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.
"Our lives are shaped by our dreams, but you have to be careful what you dream about. Not because they all come true, but because they shape you," Rader said. He also highlighted his own wishes for the graduating class, adding, "Look around you and recognize that you have learned from others in an international community. I wish for you to keep that up and embrace that community." Rader also stated that he wishes graduates will "dream of coming back, not going forth. Come back to GW Law or go to some place of learning where you can reshape your dreams and activities and then dream again better. Come back and dream big."
Following the address by Judge Rader, each graduate approached the stage to receive his or her diploma from Interim Dean Maggs.
Read the full transcript of the 2012 diZerega Lecture and Commencement Address
View a complete list of Student Award recipients
View a complete list of Class of 2013 Honors recipients