Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19, on March 20, 2020, the University announced it would be necessary to postpone the in-person commencement exercises. Virtual commencement will be held on May 28, and the in-person ceremony will be postponed to a later date.
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Summations: Reflections from the Class of 2020
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A look back at the 2019-2020 academic year, from summer orientation for incoming students and campus events and celebrations, through the changes brought on by a global pandemic, sending everyone away from campus. But still keeping everyone together thanks to online teaching, learning, and community.
As we close an unprecedented year, graduating J.D.s and LL.M.s reflect on their law school experience and share their hopes for the future of Harvard Law School.
Addressing graduating S.J.D.s, LL.M.s, and the first class of J.D.s he welcomed as dean three years ago, Dean John F. Manning ’85 saluted them for showing “resilience, strength, adaptability, and purpose,” and urged them to build “career[s] of meaning and purpose.”
This year's commencement speaker, renowned public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson ’85 urged HLS graduates to keep their hopes intact and work to change the narratives that sustain inequality.
Sacks-Freund winner David Wilkins: “I have no doubt of the amazing things that you will achieve for yourselves and for our world.”
The Class of 2020 chose Professor David B. Wilkins ’80 to receive the Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence.