May 17, 2011
McGeorge awarded 313 Juris Doctor degrees and 28 advanced law degrees to culminate its 87th academic year on May 14, 2011, at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium. Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker presided over the ceremony, and University President Dr. Pamela A. Eibeck joined her in congratulating every student that walked the stage.
Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, the first female judge of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, was the commencement speaker. The former Sacramento City Council member was an adjunct professor at McGeorge until her confirmation to the federal court last year.
Student speakers included SBA President Robert Sweetin (Day Division), community activist Stephen Hansen (Evening Division), and Dr. Samir Alazawi, an Iraqi attorney who holds multiple masters degrees from the University of Baghdad and has earned his LLM in Public Law & Policy from McGeorge.
Andrew Redner was honored as the Day Division valedictorian while Adam Cate and Louinda Lacey shared Evening Division academic honors. Cate also shared the Outstanding Graduate Senior Award with Max Hellman (Day Division). Lacey shared the Evening Division Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award with Scott Mallery.
Other special awards handed out at the ceremony included: Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, Lauren Manning and Kristin Weigle, Day Division; Outstanding Student Achievement, Jessica Lee, Day Division, and Mark Narveson, Evening Division; ALI-ABA Scholarship & Leadership, Nikole McQuillan, Day Division, and Gantry Griffin, Evening Division; and Outstanding Student Service, Catherine Mariano and Bob Sweetin, Day Division, and Trevor Michels and Jamie Sammut, Evening Division.