Graduation Ceremony

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Your name has been included on a list of students who are close to completing requirements for graduation. If you are planning on completing your degree by May or August 2015, this message is meant for you. If you are graduating later, please disregard these instructions—we’ll get back to you!

The attached Graduation Checklist is provided for your convenience. It is imperative that you read it carefully and adhere to all the deadlines given therein.

The Commencement Ceremony on May 9 represents the culmination of your long journey. You should make plans to be there with your family and friends. It will be a special day. Mark your calendar for the following important events:

  • application deadline for May 2015 graduation
  • mandatory meeting with Dean White regarding Commencement;
  • the events of Bar Week, February 9-12;
  • sessions regarding financial aid issues and Bar Exam preparation;
  • commencement ceremony, and the
  • graduation reception in your honor.

and get everything else on the Checklist accomplished in a timely manner.

As always, we are here to assist you at any time. Come and see me – if I can be of any help to you in completing these final steps.

With all best wishes, I am sincerely yours,
William P. VanderWyden
Assistant Dean for Professional Development

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Graduation Speeches, May 2015

In order to select the Student Speaker at Commencement each year, a committee of nine students, a faculty member, and an administrator is formed to solicit speeches each spring from members of the graduating class. Seven members of the Class of 2015 submitted draft speeches to the committee, and four were selected as finalists.

After the committee heard the four finalists, Donald J. Hodson was selected as the Student Speaker for the May 9, 2015 Commencement. The speech that was given at Commencement to the Class of 2015 is given here.

Opportunity was given to the finalists to have their speeches published as well. Michael Kranzler and Saren Williams submitted their remarks for their classmates to enjoy:

Michael Kranzler

Saren Williams


Charles "AJ" Gibson, J.D. 2011, who will begin work at the firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois, cherishes most the camaraderie between Miami Law faculty and fellow students.

Annery Pulgar Alfonso, J.D. 2011, says STREET Law, in which she was able to work closely with local high school students, is her most memorable Miami Law experience. The opportunity she says, has helped her grow into the person she is today. Alfonso will be working for the Miami Dade County Attorney's office.

David Moreno, J.D. 2011, will begin working at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office next year. Moreno takes a moment to reflect on how his involvement with the University of Miami Trial Team, 1L Moot Court Competitions and advocacy opportunities at Miami Law have help to mold him into the graduate he is today.

Courtney Tie, J.D. 2011, is still amazed with the endless opportunities she was able to take advantage of during her three years at Miami Law - from her work with a criminal defense team for the United States Navy to working on personal injury cases.