May 12, 2009
As their friends and family members looked on, a graduating class of more than 180 received their Juris Doctor degrees from Georgia State University College of Law on Friday, May 8, at the University Sports Arena.
Leslie M. Turner, general counsel for Coca-Cola North America, delivered the keynote address, and Georgia State President Mark P. Becker was present to officially confer the award of degrees. Provost Dr. Ronald Henry also spoke and participated in the presentation of the J.D. candidates. Rachel L. King, a 2009 graduate, was the student speaker.
This year's ceremony marked an historic first for the law school. In past years, graduates were hooded in preparation for the official university commencement, usually held the following day, where they received their degrees. This year and moving forward, the ceremony is recognized as the official event for conferring the Juris Doctor degree. The faculty hooding team for this year's ceremony included Professors Neil J. Kinkopf, Paul S. Milich and Mary Radford, as well as Associate Deans Roy M. Sobelson and Kelly Cahill Timmons.
The Georgia State Spring Commencement 2009 Slideshow, which includes photos from law school commencement, is available on the Georgia State University website, and more photos available on the College of Law website. Video of the College of Law Commencement & Hooding Ceremony also is available online.