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2017 Law School Commencement 

Saturday, May 27, 2017  - 11:00am
Lewis & Clark College Pamplin Sports Center
Dessert Reception to follow, Law School Legal Research Center

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Important Dates

  • Graduation Announcement Cards!  Your FREE graduation announcements available for pick up in the registrars office. There are no actual tickets for the ceremony.  There is no guest limit.  We do advise guests arrive early for parking and seating.  The ceremony will start promptly at 11:00am.
  • Perkins Loan Exit Interview  Contact Susan Mako 503-768-7833 for more information
  • Stafford Loan Exit Interview  Contact Rodica Resendez at 503-768-7092 or for more information.
  • Certification Application Deadline The Registrar’s office will be emailing grads with certificate deadline information.
  • Clear Outstanding Accounts  Please check Web Advisor for any outstanding holds on your student account. 

Commencement Speaker 2017

Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 is the 38th governor to lead the state. Brown is currently serving her second term, having secured her seat in the November 2016 election.

Governor Brown grew up in Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado-­Boulder, and her law degree from Lewis & Clark. In 2010, the Law School honored Brown as a Distinguished Environmental Graduate.

Prior to running for public office, Brown practiced family law. She then served in the state legislature for 17 years, in both the Oregon House of Representatives and the State Senate. Brown made history when she became the first woman in Oregon history to serve as Senate Majority Leader. Brown has also practiced juvenile law, taught at Portland State University, worked with the Juvenile Rights Project and co-­founded the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance. From 2009 to 2015, Brown served as Oregon’s Secretary of State.

With her husband Dan, Brown raised Dan’s son and daughter, who are now grown, in Portland. When Brown is not busy at the Capitol in Salem, you’ll find her horseback riding or hiking.  


Questions & Assistance

  • 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, or (503) 768-6614.
  • If any of your guests have special needs or have a handicap tag, please contact Reggie Raiford at or (503) 768-6621 for arrangements. 
  • Shuttle vans will run from the various campus parking lots starting at 9:00am on commencement day.   There are no shuttles from hotels to the campus. The Pioneer Express will not be running on commencement day. Please check TriMet schedules. You can also use Uber or Lyft.
  • Please visit our website for hotel information:

Cap & Gown Pickup

  • Cap and gown pick up will be done in the Student Lounge of the Law School on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 from 11am-2pm and 5pm-6pm.  If you are unable to pick up your regalia, you may designate somebody to pick it up. You must provide written permission to release your regalia to your designee.  This note needs to be given to the Jostens representative.  If it is impossible for you to pick up your regalia on the dates listed above, you can pick it up in the Faculty Reading Room on the floor below the student lounge from April 28 to May 23 between 9am and 5pm. The last chance to pick up regalia is on commencement day from 8:15-9:30am in Zentbauer Room 126 (adjacent to Pamplin Sports Center).  A few 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) must be returned to the law school after the ceremony.

Baccalaureate Celebration  

(more details)

Friday, May 26, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Location:  Diane Gregg Pavilion (next door to the Agnes Flanagan Chapel)

Guest speaker:  Judge Michael Simon

The Cornelius Honor Society & Honor Students Reception

Friday, May 26, 2017, 4:00-6:00 pm; South Campus Chapel, Lewis & Clark Grad School Campus

Membership in the Cornelius Honor Society is awarded to students nominated by faculty and staff.   Selection is based on demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service to the law school community.   The award honors Dorothy L. Cornelius who served the law school for 20 years, first as secretary and finally as dean of admissions and registrar, before retiring in 1975. Her professionalism encouraged countless students; her warmth and support helped many students through to their own professional goals. 

At 4:30 pm, Dean and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law Jennifer Johnson will recognize the 2017 Cornelius Honor Society members and students graduating with honors.  

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

The new 2017 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

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

9:15 am     Photographs: ALL LAW REVIEW GROUPS

9:30 am     Photographs:  GRADUATING CLASS 2017


  • Graduates will be assembled in lines for the processional by faculty members serving as marshals. Each graduate 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 Emeritus Martha 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 do not 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 Interim President David Ellis 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 regalia (cap, gown, and hood) to the Jostens’ representative at the law school.  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 2017. Your picture proofs will appear.


A dessert 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.  Location at the law school McCarty Classroom 3.

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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