School of Law announces commencement plans
Public Relations - Published: May 13, 2010
The 36th graduating class of Widener University School of Law’s Delaware campus will receive diplomas in a 3 p.m. ceremony on the Wilmington, Del. campus green Saturday, May 15.

The 19th graduating class of Widener University School of Law Harrisburg campus will receive diplomas Sunday, May 16 in an 11 a.m. ceremony at The Forum, located in the Capitol Complex. The 90-minute ceremony is expected to draw about 1,200 people to The Forum.

The 123 graduates will hear remarks from Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortés. Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell nominated Cortés to the position in April 2003 and he was confirmed a month later. He is the longest-serving secretary of the Commonwealth in Pennsylvania history. Cortés is also the first Latino confirmed to a governor’s cabinet in Pennsylvania.

In Delaware, the 283 graduates will hear remarks from Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely. Former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner nominated Ridgely to the state’s highest court in 2004, a move that elevated him from his position as president judge of the state Superior Court system. The Dover, Del. native began his legal career in private practice alongside his father in 1974.

Other ceremony highlights will include 14 graduates receiving their diplomas with a relative – who is a Widener Law alumni or faculty member – congratulating them during the ceremony.

William Mark Alleman Jr. of Wilmington, Del., the class valedictorian, will also speak.

The two-hour ceremony is expected to draw up to 3,000 people to the Concord Pike campus and will be held outdoors under tents rain or shine. The campus will be closed after school parking lots are filled.Visitors will then be directed to park behind the Doubletree Hotel on Concord Pike.

This year’s graduating class in Harrisburg made history for the School of Law. For the first time on either of Widener Law’s two campuses the school experienced a grade-point-average tie when determining the class valedictorian. Co-valedictorians Nicole Santo of Plains, Pa. and Matthew Eyet of Tunkhannock, Pa. will both speak at commencement.

Student awards for the Harrisburg campus were presented during a ceremony on campus Thursday, April 22. Two of the most prestigious honors were the dean’s award and the president’s award.

Widener University President James T. Harris III presented the president’s award to Jacob Sulzer of Harrisburg, Pa. The honor is given to the second-year student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement and possesses high potential for meaningful contribution to the law school, the community and the profession.

Law Dean Linda L. Ammons presented the dean’s award to Elizabeth Marx of Danville, Pa. The honor is given annually to the graduating student who, in the dean’s opinion, has demonstrated outstanding legal aptitude, exemplary service, significant leadership skills and the potential to become an outstanding member of the legal community.

Student awards were presented during a separate ceremony held on Wednesday, April 21 on the Delaware campus.

Widener University President James T. Harris III gave the president’s award to David B. DiDonato of Douglassville, Pa. The honor is given to the second-year student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement and possesses high potential for meaningful contribution to the law school, the community and the profession.

Law Dean Linda L. Ammons gave the Dean’s Award to student Angela C. Whitesell of Wilmington, Del. The honor is given annually to the graduating student who, in the dean’s opinion, has demonstrated outstanding legal aptitude, exemplary service, significant leadership skills and the potential to become an outstanding member of the legal community.