Widener Law Announces Commencement Plans
Public Relations and Web Editor - Published: May 20, 2011
GRADSPromo2011v2IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Widener University School of Law commencement ceremony will be held on the lawn on the Delaware campus on Saturday, May 21st rain or shine. Due to the inclement weather this entire week, the grounds are very soggy. Please consider this and select appropriate footwear for the ceremony. Ladies, heels of any type will sink and be ruined. Even if the rain stops today, the lawn will not dry out by Saturday.

We have also been advised that there are scheduled lane closures on Saturday from West Chester on Rt. 202. Please keep this in mind when planning your arrival for the ceremony.

On Saturday, May 21st, the 37th graduating class of Widener Law’s Delaware campus will receive diplomas at a 3 p.m. ceremony on the campus green. The Harrisburg campus will hold its commencement ceremony the next day on Sunday, May 22nd at 11 a.m. at the Forum on the Capitol Complex.

In Delaware, The 290 graduates will hear remarks from Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs. Former Governor Ruth Ann Minner nominated Jacobs to the state’s highest court in 2003, a move that elevated him from his position as a vice chancellor on the state’s Court of Chancery. Class valedictorian David DiDonato of Wilmington, Delaware will also speak.

For the first time in law school history, the Delaware Commencement ceremony will be broadcast to the public live online. The webcast will begin streaming at least 5 minutes before the event begins, and family and friends who cannot attend in person are encouraged to login early to ensure a good connection.

On the Harrisburg campus, the 124 graduates will hear remarks from Widener Law alumnus Michael J. Aiello, a 1994 graduate. Aiello is a corporate partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York City. He serves as co-head of the firm’s New York Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions Department. He has represented some of the country’s biggest businesses in multi-billion dollar acquisitions. Aiello was the first attorney ever featured as a “Rainmaker” in the July 2010 issue of Institutional Investor and was selected as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” honorees for 2008.

Class valedictorian Kirsten Kutler of Harrisburg, Pa. will also speak at the Harrisburg Commencement ceremony.

For further information, visit Widener Law’s Commencement site.