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2018 Commencement Speaker

April 9, 2018

VLS Community:

It is my distinct honor and pleasure to announce that Elizabeth C. MacDonough has accepted our invitation to serve as the 2018 Commencement Speaker. As the Parliamentarian of the U.S. Senate, she is the official advisor to the Senate on the interpretation of the standing rules and parliamentary procedure. She is the first woman to hold this role. Ms. MacDonough is a VLS alumna graduating with a J.D. in 1998. She will address the law school community at the Commencement ceremony on the South Royalton Green on Saturday, May 12 which starts at 10:00 a.m.

Also joining us on commencement weekend will be Mustafa Santiago Ali. Mr. Ali is the Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national non-profit and nonpartisan organization that connects the hip hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. Mr. Ali will address the law school community on Friday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Finally, Christopher Dutton served for 11 years on the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees, the last three of those years as the Chairman of the Board. In appreciation of his long service to the school, we will award him an honorary degree at the Commencement ceremony.

Thanks, and I look forward to celebrating Commencement with you.

Thomas McHenry

President and Dean, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School
164 Chelsea Street, P.O. Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068
T: 802-831-1237