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2016 Law School Commencement 
Saturday, May 28, 2016  - 11:00am
Lewis & Clark College Pamplin Sports Center

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Law School Commencement

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

Time: 11:00a.m.

Where: The Law School Commencement Ceremony will be held inside Pamplin Sports Center (Undergraduate Campus)  Campus Map.

The ceremony is approximately one hour and 45 minutes.  No tickets needed.  Arrive early for parking and seating.  Reception with light refreshments at the law school following the ceremony.

Commencement Speaker 2016

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp 


U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp is the first female Senator elected from North Dakota. She took the oath of office on January 3, 2013. 

Throughout her life, Senator Heitkamp has stood out as an advocate for North Dakotans – that can be seen from her time in public service in North Dakota, to her work at Dakota Gasification, to her service in the U.S. Senate. 

Already in her short time in the Senate, Senator Heitkamp has quickly become a proven Senator who works across the aisle to fight for North Dakotans. Senator Heitkamp has personally shown that if Senators work together, it can lead to real solutions. 

As a former director of the one-of-a-kind Dakota Gasification synfuels plant, Senator Heitkamp has a long record of serving as a champion for North Dakota’s energy jobs and industry. She is continuing those efforts in the Senate, working to responsibly harness North Dakota’s energy resources, and promoting the state’s all-of-the-above energy plan which she believes should serve as a model for the entire country. 

Senator Heitkamp sits on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, where she’s been fighting since day one to support North Dakota’s farmers and ranchers, and make sure they get the resources and support they need so they can continue to feed North Dakota, our country, and the world. 

As a member on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Senator Heitkamp is continuing her pledge — from her time as North Dakota’s Attorney General — to stand up for Native American families and make sure the U.S. government lives up to its treaty and trust responsibilities. 

Through her leadership on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Senator Heitkamp has quickly shown her strong work to reform the nation’s housing finance system, make housing more affordable, and address North Dakota’s housing shortage. 

Senator Heitkamp also serves on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs which has oversight over government operations generally and the Department of Homeland Security. And she sits on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, where she works on issues critical to small businesses. 

Senator Heitkamp previously served as North Dakota’s Attorney General, battling drug dealers, protecting senior citizens from scams, and working to keep sexual predators off streets and away from kids, even after their prison terms were up. 

During her time as Attorney General, Senator Heitkamp continued her work as an advocate for the people by helping to broker an agreement between 46 states and the tobacco industry, which forced the tobacco industry to tell the truth about smoking and health. The settlement resulted in the award of about $336 million to North Dakota taxpayers to date. It was one of the largest civil settlements in U.S. history. When very little of this funding was being spent on anti-tobacco programs as intended, Senator Heitkamp led a successful ballot initiative in 2008 that mandated significant increases. 

Previously, Senator Heitkamp served as North Dakota’s Tax Commissioner. Under her tenure, the State of North Dakota attempted to make catalog retailers collect the sales tax the state and municipalities were already owed on sales. The debate went all the way to the Supreme Court in the case Quill v. North Dakota, which found that the U.S. Congress had the ultimate power to resolve the issue. Senator Heitkamp has continued to be a leader in bringing this issue forward, including already in the U.S. Senate. 

Senator Heitkamp grew up in a large family in the small town of Mantador, North Dakota. Her mother was a school cook and custodian, and her father was a truck driver and seasonal construction worker. Alongside her six brothers and sisters, she learned the values of hard work and responsibility, leading her to choose a life of public service. 

Senator Heitkamp received a B.A. from the University of North Dakota and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. She lives in Mandan, North Dakota with her husband, Dr. Darwin Lange, a family practitioner. They have two children, Ali and Nathan. 


Questions regarding commencement should be directed to Liz Hobbs or (503) 768-6648.  

Questions about graduation requirements should be directed to the registrar’s office, 503-768-6614,

If any of your guests have special needs, or a handicap tag, please contact Reggie Raiford at 503-768-6621 or so arrangements can be made. 

Three shuttle vans will run from the various campus parking lots starting at 9:00am on commencement day.   There are no shuttles that run from any hotels to the campus.

Please visit our website for hotel information:

Cap and Gown Pickup

Cap and gown distribution will be in the Student Lounge of the Law School on Tuesday, May 3rd and Wednesday, May 4th from 11am-2pm and 5pm-6pm on both days.  If you are unable to pick up the regalia yourself, you may designate somebody pick it up on your behalf. You must provide written permission to release your regalia to the designee.  This note needs to be given to the Jostens representative.  If it is impossible for you to get your regalia on the dates listed above, you may pick it up at Career Services during regular hours from May 5th to May 20.  The last chance to pick up your regalia is on commencement day from 8:15am-9:30am in Zentbauer Room 126 (adjacent to Pamplin Sports Center).  Allow time to pick it up from the pavilion. Extra caps and gowns will be at Zentbauer if there are size issues. Graduates will be “hooded” on stage. All regalia, hood, gown and cap, need to be returned to McCarty Classroom 4 at the law school after the ceremony.

Baccalaureate Celebration  

(more details)

Friday, May 27, 2016 - Location:  Diane Gregg Pavilion (next to Agnes Flanagan Chapel)

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Guest speaker:  Jerry Carleton, 2007 Lewis & Clark Law School graduate

The Cornelius Honor Society

and Honor Students Reception

Friday, May 27, 2016 - Location: South Campus Chapel on the Lewis & Clark Grad School Campus

4:00pm - 6:00pm

The introduction of 2016 Cornelius Honor Society students and those graduating with honors will be made by Dean and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law Jennifer Johnson at 4:30pm.  

Liz Hobbs will notify, via email, those student’s graduating with honors soon as calculations are completed a few days before graduation.

The new 2016 Cornelius Honor Society members will be notified via email in May. 

Attire is business casual.

Contact Liz Hobbs in the Student Affairs office with any questions at: or 503-768-6648.  

Commencement Day Schedule

Graduates must arrive, in regalia, at Pamplin Sports Center 9:15am.  Please be on time.

Photographs: 9:15am  ALL LAW REVIEW GROUPS

Photographs: 9:30am  GRADUATING CLASS 2016

 PLEASE be on time

A photo will be taken on stage of each graduate while receiving your degree from Dean Johnson.


Graduates will be assembled in lines for the processional by faculty members serving as marshals. You name will be checked off a list. Anyone not present will have their name crossed off the list, therefore the name will not be called.  Associate Dean Spence will check pronunciation of all names. This takes one solid hour. Students who are not in line for the formation will not be on the list to be called at the ceremony. Please don’t get out of line after your name is verified.


Follow the instructions of the faculty marshals. Students lead the processional followed by faculty and the platform party. 


Following the commencement address, Dean Johnson will “present” the class. Graduates will be asked to stand, and then to come forward to receive their degrees.

Graduates will come forward by rows. The faculty marshal will instruct each row when it is time to proceed toward the stage. Leave your cap on your seat, you will be hooded on stage. When you are the next to be called, stop at the bottom of the steps until your name is called.

As soon as your name is read, proceed up the steps, stop in front of the person hooding.  Turn to face the audience to be hooded.

Next, walk to Dean Johnson who will shake your hand. A photographer will take your picture as the dean hands you your diploma.  Move on to President Glassner who will shake your hand. Proceed on across the stage to receive the congratulations of the commencement speaker and other members of the platform party.

Finally, proceed down the steps at the far end of the stage for a photo and to be directed to your seat.

When you return to your seat remain standing until all graduates have received degrees.  You will be directed when to be seated.


After the ceremony, return your cap, gown, and hood to the Jostens’ representative at the law school (McCarty Classroom 4 ).  

Charges will apply for regalia not returned.  Contact Liz Hobbs at or 503-768-6648 with any questions.

                             Graduates Commencement Pictures

Listed below are the website instructions for commencement photos taken by Grad Images.

1. Enter the graduate’s last name.

2. Enter Lewis and Clark Law School, select 2016. Your picture proofs will appear.


A short reception will be held at the law school following commencement.  We hope that your family and friends will join you there.

Children’s Commencement Ceremony

In honor of the children of the graduating students, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Board of Directors present a special Children’s Commencement Ceremony held immediately following the Law School Commencement.  It will be held in McCarty Classroom 2.

Family and friends are invited to attend this ceremony.  Registration is necessary.  Click on this link to register:  Children’s Commencement Ceremony


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