Minnesota Law

Fall 2021
For the Record


Law School Livestreams 133rd Commencement

Anna Kvinge ’21 enjoys a moment in the Mondale Hall atrium during one of the three days of in-person meet-and-greet gatherings.
Photo: Tony Nelson

Minnesota Law held its 133rd commencement on Saturday, May 15 as a livestream event broadcasted from McNamara Alumni Center.  The two-hour ceremony featured an address by former CaringBridge CEO Liwanag Ojala ’98, three class speakers, student and faculty awards, and a musical performance of the state song “Hail! Minnesota” by four of our TORT singers. Graduating students and their friends and families watched the ceremony remotely. 

“We need people with strategic fortitude, power, influence, and smarts to solve our problems; we need you,” Ojala told the graduates. “And it’s up to you, working along- side generations that have come before you and will come afterward, working together diligently with resolve to solve our issues. And when you do that, I hope you will use your mind, but also use your heart to give the advancement of humanity a better chance.” 

Left to Right: Dr. Elias Ayana ’21, M.S. in Patent Law Program class speaker; Marielos Cabrera ’21, J.D. class speaker; Dean Garry W. Jenkins; Jessica Szuminski ’21, awards presenter; Cooper Christiancy ’21, class gift presenter
Photo: Tony Nelson

At the ceremony, the 3L class announced one of the largest class gifts in Law School history (more than $7,000), contributing the entire amount to the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship in Law fund. 

In addition to the livestream ceremony, the Law School hosted several in-person events at Walter F. Mondale Hall for the students and their families in the days leading up to and the afternoon immediately following the ceremony. Students had the opportunity to get their pictures taken in full regalia and to connect with Dean Garry W. Jenkins, classmates, faculty, and staff.