Harvard Law School celebrates Commencement 2015


Harvard Law School’s 2015 Commencement ceremonies began with the Class Day program on Wednesday, May 27 and continued into the afternoon of May 28. This year’s Class Day speakers, chosen by the Class of 2015, were Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, and her husband Mark Kelly, a Navy pilot and NASA astronaut. HLS alum Deval Patrick ’82, former governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, delivered remarks on Thursday afternoon at Harvard University’s 364th Commencement.

Closing argument: Victoria White-Mason ’15, taking action against injustice


In a way, the seeds of Victoria White-Mason’s activism were planted long before she was born. Her grandfather was the first black man to graduate from Duke University, where he faced prejudice and discrimination. Her great-grandfather operated a business in Durham, N.C.’s Hayti district, a thriving African-American community during a time of segregation. Her family history helped raise her awareness of racial injustice and also the strength of black people in the face of adversity.