Commencement 2015

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Celebrate your students' achievements at a variety of events, both on- and off-campus. The Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

2015 Commencement Speaker, Patricia J. Williams

Vermont Law School is pleased to announce Patricia J. Williams as the 2015 Commencement Speaker. Professor Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law. A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, she has served on faculties of the University of Wisconsin School Of Law, Harvard University’s Women’s Studies Program, and the City University of New York Law School at Queen’s College. As a law professor, she has testified before congress, acted as a consultant and coordinator for a variety of public interest lawsuits. She is the recipient of the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley, the Graduate Society Medal from Harvard, and the MacArthur foundation “genius” grant. Before entering academia, she practiced law, as a consumer advocate and Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, and as a staff attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Currently, Professor Williams writes the monthly “Diary of a Mad Law Professor” for the Nation magazine. Her wry, witty columns cover broad issues of social justice, including the rhetoric of the war on terror, race, ethnicity, gender, all aspects of civil rights law, bioethics and eugenics, forensic uses of DNA, and comparative issues of class and culture in the US, France, and Britain.


2015​ Schedule of Events​



2015 Dinner Dance2015 Dinner Dance2015-05-11T21:00:00Z2015-05-12T02:00:00ZMountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, VT3135:00 PM10:00 PM
Class Meeting and Regalia PickupClass Meeting and Regalia Pickup2015-05-14T14:00:00Z2015-05-14T16:00:00ZChase Center31410:00 AM12:00 PMClass Meeting and Regalia Pickup Cap and gown pickup happens at the Thursday morning class meeting. At the class meeting, we go over the commencement ceremony proceedings—since there is no formal ceremony practice, it is very important that all participants hear about the steps of the ceremony and know how to "commence" on Saturday. Participation certificates are awarded to Law Review, VJEL, Moot Court teams, and others at class meeting.
Formal Graduation PhotographsFormal Graduation Photographs2015-05-15T18:00:00Z2015-05-15T19:30:00ZVermont Law School Campus3152:00 PM3:30 PMAvailable by appointment, $20 sitting fee/time slot, includes one (1) 5x7, starting at 2 pm
Distance Learning ReceptionDistance Learning Reception2015-05-15T18:00:00Z2015-05-15T19:30:00ZYates Common Room3162:00 PM3:30 PM
Honorary Degree Lecture - Kimberly WassermanHonorary Degree Lecture - Kimberly Wasserman2015-05-15T19:30:00Z2015-05-15T20:00:00ZOakes 0123173:30 PM4:00 PM
Awards Ceremony and Presentation of Class GiftAwards Ceremony and Presentation of Class Gift2015-05-15T21:00:00Z2015-05-15T22:00:00ZChase Center3185:00 PM6:00 PM
Meet-and-Mingle PartyMeet-and-Mingle Party2015-05-15T22:00:00Z2015-05-15T23:30:00ZDebevoise Back Lawn3196:00 PM7:30 PM
Class of 2015 PhotographClass of 2015 Photograph2015-05-16T13:00:00Z2015-05-16T13:30:00ZCornell Library Steps3209:00 AM9:30 AM
Procession Lines UpProcession Lines Up2015-05-16T13:30:00Z2015-05-16T14:00:00ZDebevoise Front Lawn3219:30 AM10:00 AM
Commencement CeremonyCommencement Ceremony2015-05-16T14:00:00ZSouth Royalton Village Green32210:00 AM
Commencement ReceptionCommencement Reception2015-05-16T16:00:00Z2015-05-16T17:30:00ZDebevoise Back Lawn32312:00 PM1:30 PMEveryone welcome

M​ay 12-16: Commencement Week

​Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Please bookmark this page and check back periodically for updates.