This week we reflect, mostly in pictures, on our Class of 2015 commencement weekend.  


We were honored to hear from featured speakers, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly and our student-elected speakers Trevor Hill and Heather Goodwin. Altogether, the vibe at McKale was magical!


See photos of the Arizona Law commencement from the Arizona Daily Star here


Until the footnotes,  



Commencement 2015
Graduation Awards Program and Graduation Celebration, Friday, May 15

Graduation Awards winners

New graduate Lisa Cohen and family member
New graduates Andrew Hall and Jayme Weber


New LLM Mandalmaa Erdenebileg and Professor Robert Hershey 
New LLM graduate Abdulaziz Albaadi, with LLM student Mohammad Alzahrani 



















Commencement, Saturday, May 16

One hundred and eighty-three degrees were conferred to graduating law students, with 149 students earning the Juris Doctor degree.

Twenty seven more received advanced law degrees in the specialty areas of Indigenous peoples law and policy (IPLP) or international trade and business law (ITBL).

Seven received the new Master of Legal Studies (MLS) diploma, a degree intended for those who do not need to practice law, but want to advance professionally with foundational legal education.

Four undergraduate students -- the first to graduate with the nation's only Bachelor in Law degree -- were recognized at the ceremony and formally received their degrees at the UA's commencement on Saturday afternoon.
Read more here.

Singer Keith Collett
Singer Colleen Ganin

Capturing the moment at McKale, Chase Velasquez, Emily Tyson, Allison Rothgeb, and Leo Seth Grossman

Sampson Ojukwu (SJD), Kehinde Femi-Adeleye (SJD),
Miriam Matinda (LLM), and James Diamond (SJD)

Fred Lin, Qiang Chu, Wei-Hua Lu, and Chih-Kuei Hu

Members of the first class of MLS students, Tendayi Sithole, Virginia Machuca-Marquez, and Noemy Contreras

The first BAs in Law, Ruben Canastillo, Nicholas Rana,
 Jesus Rosas, and Corey Kowan
Paul Gute and family, headed to reception on the UA Mall

Centennial Snapshot - Name that Class Year

Pictured here is the first class to graduate from the College of Law building on Speedway. See any familiar faces? Can you name that class year?



Do you have photos of you and your classmates in cap and gown? What is your most memorable moment from commencement? We would love to hear from you. Please contact Emily McGovern, Centennial Coordinator, to share your stories and images.  



Alumni Receptions in Arizona 




We'd love to have you join us at one of our upcoming alumni receptions in Arizona.   


  • Prescott -- Tuesday, June 9, from 5-7 pm at Brown Hanna & Mull, 1570 Plaza West Drive
  • Flagstaff -- Wednesday, June 10, from 5-7 pm at Freeman Huber Law PLLC, 19 West Birch Avenue
  • Phoenix -- all-alumni reception at Arizona State Bar Convention, Thursday, June 25, 6:30-8:30 pm, Arizona Biltmore, Salon F of the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 E. Missouri Ave.
  • Nogales -- Tuesday, June 30,  12-2 pm (details to come)
  • Sierra Vista -- Tuesday, June 30, 5-7 pm (details to come)
  • Yuma -- Tuesday, August 4, 12-2 pm (details to come)

And, make plans to return to Tucson and connect with more alumni during this year's special Homecoming-Centennial Week, October 19-25!
RSVP for any alumni reception by contacting Marissa White



We are so proud of the newest class of Arizona Law graduates. Let us all welcome them as our newest alumni and colleagues in the profession. 











Marc L. Miller  

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Shaping the next century of legal education 
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