Minnesota Law

Fall 2022
For the Record

Law School Holds First In-Person Commencement in Three Years

The Law School held its 134th commencement on Saturday, May 14, at Northrop auditorium, the first time the ceremony has returned to its traditional venue as an in-person event since the onset of the COVID- 19 pandemic. 

More than 1,700 people were on hand on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning as 235 J.D. candidates, 38 LL.M. candidates, seven Masters of Patent Law candidates, and one S.J.D. candidate were awarded their degrees. 

U.S. District Court Chief Judge John R. Tunheim ’80 delivered the keynote address. 

“My message to you today is that you must take this time of your life, you must take this great gift of education, and you must take this spirit of this great University and give it back to your community and to your world,” the chief judge told the students. “Let your diploma remind you not only of a special place, but of a special obligation, for it truly is, as Churchill once said, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make our life by what we give.’” 

Three faculty members were named as the 2022 recipients of the prestigious Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year Awards: Amy B. Monahan (tenured faculty); Linus Chan (clinical faculty); and Jon J. Lee (other professional faculty). 

The student addresses were delivered by Schuyler Troy ’22, Morgane G.C. O’Connor, LL.M. ’22, and Elizabeth Sullivan, M.S. in Patent Law ’22.