Events are open to relatives and guests of the graduate. The number after each event location refers to the location key numbers shown on the campus map. The shaded areas on the map show parking adjacent to event locations.
Commencement exercises are expected to end by 3:30 p.m. for the School of Law ceremony.
School of Law Commencement Ceremony
Robins Center (23)
Justice Cleo Elaine Powell, the first African American female justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will address the School of Law ceremony May 11 at 2 p.m.Powell was elected to the Supreme Court of Virginia by the General Assembly in 2011, after serving as a General District Court and Circuit Court judge for Chesterfield and Colonial Heights, then as a judge for the Court of Appeals of Virginia. She began her career with the Richmond law firm Hunton & Williams as an associate in labor law and employment discrimination, before becoming the commonwealth’s senior assistant attorney general and chief, equal employment opportunity and personnel. She went on to work for Virginia Power, first as corporate counsel, then director of employee services.
Powell earned both her bachelor’s in American government and law degrees from the University of Virginia. Soon after, she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America and one of the Outstanding Women Lawyers of Virginia. In 1987, Ebony magazine named her to its list of 30 Leaders of the Future. Virginia Lawyers Weekly recognized her as one of its Influential Women of Virginia 2010, among numerous other legal and leadership honors she has received during her career.
1:00 p.m. Law School Group Photo
Degree Candidates please arrive in full academic regalia to the floor of the Robins Center. Please be prompt.
Directly after Law School Photo - Assemble for Commencement
Degree candidates only, promptly in cap and gown. Degree candidates go to the Robins Center second-level hallway in front of rooms 223-250. (This is on the west side of the building, the side nearest the large parking lot.