Don the academic regalia and cue the Pomp and Circumstance — Indiana’s law schools are ready to host their graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2018.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law will kick off the commencement season with its ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday at the IU Auditorium. One hundred and fifty graduates will receive a J.D. degree.
The festivities will start Friday with a party at the Jerome Hall Law Library and continue Saturday with a luncheon reception before the graduation. Sen. Joe Donnelly will be the keynote speaker for the commencement and associate professor Gina-Gail Fletcher will be the faculty speaker.
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will hold its ceremony at 9 a.m. May 12 in the Indiana Convention Center. The Indianapolis law school will confer J.D. degrees to 242 graduates.
Marya Rose, chief administrative officer at Cummins, Inc. and IU McKinney alumna, will deliver the commencement address. At the students’ request, faculty members Frank Sullivan, Lahny Silva, Michael Pitts and Yvonne Dutton will place the academic hoods on the graduates.
Prior to the graduation, dean Andrew Klein and the IU Robert H. McKinney Alumni Association will host an evening reception Friday at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway.
Valparaiso Law School and Notre Dame Law School will hold their respective commencements May 19.
Eighty-four graduates will receive a J.D. degree at Valparaiso’s ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. (central time) in the University Chapel. A reception will follow in the Harre Union Ballroom.
Valparaiso alumna Jayme Matchinski, partner at Greensfelder Hemkier & Gale P.C. in Chicago, will be the keynote speaker.
The Notre Dame ceremony will begin at 12:30 May 19, outside at the Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool. Beginning the day will be a prayer service at the university’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart after which the class picture will be taken.