Law Commencement Program

The University Coat-of-Arms and Banners

In 1890, at the request of Leslie Lyle Campbell, Class of 1887, Professor W. G. Brown designed a white silk banner bearing the words Washington and Lee University embroidered in gold letters on a blue scroll. Below the scroll was a composite shield made up of heraldic elements from the coats-of- arms of the Washington family and the Lee family. The shield has survived the years, but the original banner has not.

Before 1903, Professor Brown designed a full coat-of-arms with crest and motto. The black raven rising out of the golden ducal coronet comes from the Washington crest. The upper left quarter of the arms depicts an open book with an injunction from I Thessalonians to test all things. The upper right quarter exhibits the arms of Washington of Sulgrave, and the lower left quarter the arms of Lee of Coton. The arms in the lower right quarter are those of Astley of Staffordshire, and signify a marriage between the Lee and the Astley families. The motto, non incautus futuri, based on a phrase from Horace's Satires and translated "not unmindful of the future" comes from the Lee family arms.

In 1998, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the University, David D. Brown, Law School Class of 2000, designed four banners that draw upon the original heraldic design of 1890. The new University banner is a revised version of the design by Professor W. G. Brown. The banners for the College, the Ernest Williams II School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and the School of Law derive their separate designs from the University banner.

The University Mace

A mace is a ceremonial staff and a symbol of authority. The mace is carried by the Marshal to denote that the University is in session. It was designed in 1951 by Marion Junkin, Class of 1927 and Head of the Department of Fine Arts, and carved by Mary Barclay, a member of the staff of the Alumni Office, from a 150-year-old walnut beam taken from the old Lexington firehouse. The University coat-of-arms is carved on opposite sides of the urn-shaped head and painted silver, blue, red, and gold. Below the arms are the scroll and the motto. Atop the mace are the coronet and raven from the University crest.

Academic Costume

In the procession of the Faculty, guests will see a variety of academic costumes. The design of the gowns has evolved over centuries from medieval origins. Most of the costumes seen today represent the Juris Doctor degree.

Traditionally, the doctoral gown is black, has full sleeves gathered at the wrists, velvet bars on the sleeves and velvet panels on the front. The colors on the hood, which is worn around the shoulders, designate both the degree earned by the wearer and the university that awarded it. The gold tassel on the hat is another sign that the wearer holds a doctoral degree. Over the years some universities have adopted gowns in colors that complement their hoods.

The Flags

The international flags on display represent the graduates from Ethiopia, Peru, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Order of Exercises

  • Academic Procession
  • Welcome
    • Kenneth P. Ruscio President of the University
  • Remarks and Presentation of Degree Candidates
    • Brant J. Hellwig Dean of the School of Law
  • Conferring of Degrees
    • President Ruscio
  • Introduction of Speaker
    • Dean Hellwig
  • Remarks to the Graduates
    • Reggie Aggarwal '94L Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cvent
  • Presentation fo Reggie Aggarwal
    • Dean Hellwig
    • Morgan C. Fiander, President, Law Class of 2016
    • Amanda L. Fisher, Vice President, Law Class of 2016
  • Remarks and Adjournment
    • President Ruscio

Others on the Platform

  • Michael J. Missal, Trustee
  • Marc Conner, Interim Provost
  • Sidney S. Evans, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Paul B. Rollins, Associate Dean for Administration and Student Affairs
  • D. Scott Dittman, University Registrar
  • Maryanne Simurda, University Marshal

Masanutten Brass Quintet

  • Chris Carrillo, trumpet
  • Christine Ennis Carrillo, trumpet
  • Drew Comparin, bass trombone
  • Ian Zook, horn
  • Andrew Lankford, trombone

Virginia Military Institute Pipes

  • Joseph Lamagna
  • Matthew Nielsen

Juris Doctor Degrees

May 7, 2016

NameHome TownCollegeDegreeDate
Christopher Quinn Adams Chesapeake, Virginia Virginia Military Institute B.A. 2012
Aria Bianca Maria Allan Montgomery, Alabama Washington and Lee University B.A. 2012
Brian Walker Allen Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke College B.A. 2013
Brandon Scott Allred Virginia Beach, Virginia Washington and Lee University B.S. 2012
Yasin G. Amba San Diego, California San Diego State University B.A. 2012
John Zachary Balasko Morgantown, West Virginia West Virginia University B.A. 2013
Ashley Nicole Barendse Valrico, Florida Lee University B.A. 2011
Hunter Amadeus Bayliss Winchester, Virginia Swarthmore College B.A. 2012
Bethany Marie Belisle Austin, Texas Amherst College B.A. 2010
Boris Bindman San Francisco, California University of California, Los Angeles B.A. 2011
Scott Wallace Burton Charlotte, North Carolina University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill B.A. 2010
Tyler A. Carpenter Charlottesville, Virginia University of Virginia B.A. 2013
Eric Christopher Charette West Seneca, New York Ohio Wesleyan University B.A. 2012
Stephen Andrew Chovanec Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke College B.A. 2013
Richard Graham Clagett II Richmond, Virginia Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University B.A. 2009
Caroline Elizabeth Colpoys Dallas, Texas Rhodes College B.A. 2012
Jennifer Lee Commander Auburn, Alabama Birmingham-Southern College B.A. 2012
David F. Cook Clemmons, North Carolina Guilford College B.A. 2013
Michael Gerhard Cooke Gladwyne, Pennsylvania Washington and Lee University B.A. 2011
James A. Cooper Greensburg, Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg B.A. 2011
Alyson Michelle Cox Lexington, Kentucky Transylvania University B.A. 2013
Laura Elizabeth Dallago Collegeville, Pennsylvania Lafayette College B.A. 2013
Michael Vincent Darmante Lexington, Virginia Saint Cloud State University B.A. 2010
Kaitlin Ring DeCrescente Williston, North Dakota University of North Dakota, Grand Forks B.A. 2011
Héctor Leonardo DeJesús Alvarez Bronx, New York University of Maryland, College Park B.A. 2005
Catherine Eileen Donnelly Charleston, South Carolina Furman University B.A. 2013
Brittany Agnes Dunn-Pirio Vienna, Virginia University of Notre Dame B.A. 2013
Alice Meredyth Eckel College Station, Texas Northwestern University B.S. 2011
Alexandra Vivian Eichenbaum Milwaukee, Wisconsin Washington and Lee University B.A. 2010
Robert Ilya Etin Gaithersburg, Maryland University of Maryland, College Park B.A. 2005
Oluwafeyisayo O. Fasuyi Amityville, New York State University of New York, Stony Brook B.A. 2010
Spencer Logan Feldman Upper Brookville, New York Trinity College, Connecticut B.A. 2011
Morgan Colleen Fiander Redmond, Washington University of Washington B.A. 2013
Amanda Leigh Fisher Ashburn, Virginia University of South Carolina, Columbia B.S. 2013
John R. Fitzgerald Fairfax, Virginia James Madison University B.A. 2009
Joshua Brooks Flanders Concord, New Hampshire University of Richmond B.A. 2012
Hollie A. Floberg Riceville, Tennessee Tennessee Wesleyan College B.S. 2005
William H. Flory Remington, Virginia Hampden-Sydney College B.A. 2013
Kyle R. Fontaine Orlando, Florida University of Miami B.A. 2013
Marc E. Foto Armonk, New York Colgate University B.A. 2012
Julianne Catherine Freeman Goshen, New York Cornell University B.S. 2012
Kelton Patrick Frye New Ashford, Massachusetts Wake Forest University B.A. 2012
Susana Gonzalez Boca Raton, Florida University of Florida B.S. 2013
Raissa Lamego Grant Huntington Beach, California University of California, San Diego B.A. 2013
Adam N. Gregory Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania West Virginia University , Morgantown B.A. 2013
Krista Marie Haab Lexington, Virginia Trinity University, Texas B.S. 2010
Emelia N. Hall London, United Kingdom Mount Holyoke College A.B. 2014
Julian F. Harf Rochester, New York University of Maryland, College Park B.A. 2012
Jennifer Lynn Harrington San Diego, California University of California, San Diego B.A. 2013
Margaret Elizabeth Hayes Kenton, Ohio Bowling Green State University B.A. 2012
Joshua A. Hock Rutland, Vermont George Washington University B.A. 2012
Robinson Joseph Carter Hubbard Lexington, Virginia University of Virginia B.A. 2000
Karen Hope Jacobsen Hinesburg, Vermont Loyola University B.A. 2008
Jocelyn Grace Jezierny Woodbridge, Connecticut George Washington University B.A. 2013
Paul C. Judge Raleigh, North Carolina College of William and Mary B.A. 2013
Paul Kent Keith Windsor, California Georgetown University B.A. 2010
Angela C. Kerins Westfield, New Jersey The College of New Jersey B.A. 2012
Kirby Zoe Kreider Saint Petersburg, Florida University of Central Florida B.A. 2012
Benjamin Alexander Kussman Whitestone, New York Georgetown University B.S. 2011
Kerriann Elise Laubach McMurray, Pennsylvania Washington and Lee University B.A. 2013
Claire Linda Leonard Washington, District of Columbia Vanderbilt University B.A. 2011
Brian Garrett Livingston Marietta, Georgia Clemson University B.A. 2012
Brian Steven Lyew Miami, Florida University of Florida B.A. 2011
Elaine D. McCafferty Sandy Hook, Connecticut University of Connecticut, Storrs B.A. 2010
Michael James McMillin Manassas, Virginia University of Virginia B.A. 2013
Anne Hudson McPherson Thomasville, Georgia Davidson College B.A. 2011
Andrew J. Middlebrooks Little Rock, Arkansas Arkansas Tech University B.A. 2010
Alexander R. Miltenberger Cumberland, Maryland Washington and Lee University B.S. 2007
Marc Daniel Morse Linden, Michigan University of Michigan, Flint B.B.A. 2012
Markus Xavier Murden Orlando, Florida University of Central Florida B.S. 2013
Samantha L. Nicholson Spartanburg, South Carolina Converse College B.A. 2012
Natalie Anastasia Oshin Laguna Niguel, California University of California, Irvine B.A. 2013
Jane Hunjong Park Matthews, North Carolina University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill B.A. 2011
Loren K. Peck Logan, Utah Utah State University B.A. 2013
Charlotte Weatherford Rhodes Huntsville, Alabama Southern Methodist University B.S. 2012
Christina Marie Rossi Camden-Wyoming, Delaware Clemson University B.A. 2012
Kathleen Scott Ryland Shreveport, Louisiana Louisiana State University, Shreveport B.A. 2013
Eric Santos Newburgh, New York University of Tampa B.S. 2012
Max Benjamin Sender Huntington, New York Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge B.A. 2013
Myrl Howard Shoemaker III Columbia, South Carolina The Citadel B.A. 2013
Aaron D. Siegrist Wesley, Iowa Liberty University B.S. 2013
Vincent Louis Smith Greensboro, North Carolina Bryan College B.A. 2012
Jefferson D. Smythe Medfield, Massachusetts Davidson College B.A. 2010
Luke Davis Stone Dallas, Texas University of Texas, Austin B.B.A. 2013
Christina Lynne Tacoronti Fayetteville, Georgia University of West Georgia B.A. 2006
Emily Elaine Tichenor DeLand, Florida Baylor University B.A. 2013
Kristin Ashley Tisdelle Afton, Virginia University of Mary Washington B.S. 2011
Jacob Joseph Ventura Dartmouth, Massachusetts University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth B.S. 2009
Zachary James Clifton Watkins Mossville, Illinois University of Illinois, Springfield B.A. 2012
Brooke Alexandra Weedon Richmond, Virginia University of Virginia B.A. 2013
Cole Parker Wilson Cincinnati, Ohio Denison University B.A. 2013
Cornelia I. Woodley Richmond, Virginia University of Virginia B.A. 2011
Ariel S. Wossené Elysian Fields, Texas Fisk University B.A. 2011

October 1, 2015

NameHome TownCollegeDegreeDate
Trevor O. Flike Stillwater, New York Union College B.A. 2009
Wesley Maddox Smith Dallas, Texas Southern Methodist University B.A. 2010

Honors and Awards

Summa Cum Laude

  • Elaine D. McCafferty
  • Christina Lynne Tacoronti

Magna Cum Laude

  • Christopher Quinn Adams
  • Aria Bianca Maria Allan
  • Hunter Amadeus Bayliss
  • Jennifer Lee Commander
  • Alyson Michelle Cox
  • Kelton Patrick Frye
  • Krista Marie Haab
  • Paul C. Judge
  • Kerriann Elise Laubach
  • Loren K. Peck
  • Charlotte Weatherford Rhodes
  • Christina Marie Rossi
  • Vincent Louis Smith
  • Emily Elaine Tichenor
  • Brooke Alexandra Weedon

Cum Laude

  • Brandon Scott Allred
  • John Zachary Balasko
  • Boris Bindman
  • Brittany Agnes Dunn-Pirio
  • Alice Meredyth Eckel
  • Hollie A. Floberg
  • Kyle R. Fontaine
  • Julianne Catherine Freeman
  • Emelia N. Hall
  • Margaret Elizabeth Hayes
  • Paul Kent Keith
  • Kirby Zoe Kreider
  • Benjamin Alexander Kussman
  • Claire Linda Leonard
  • Alexander R. Miltenberger

Order of the Coif

  • Jennifer Lee Commander
  • Alyson Michelle Cox
  • Krista Marie Haab
  • Paul C. Judge
  • Elaine D. McCafferty
  • Charlotte Weatherford Rhodes
  • Christina Marie Rossi
  • Christina Lynne Tacoronti
  • Emily Elaine Tichenor

Named Awards

AwardAwarded forAwarded To
John W. Davis Prize for Law highest cumulative grade point average Christina Lynne Tacoronti
Academic Progress Award most satisfactory scholastic progress in final year Zachary James Clifton Watkins
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Award effective trial advocacy Emelia N. Hall
Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Commercial Law Award excellence in commercial law Paul Kent Keith
Calhoun Bond University Service Award significant contribution to the University community Vincent Louis Smith
Frederic L. Kirgis Jr. International Law Award excellence in international law Aria Bianca Maria Allan & Julianne Catherine Freeman
National Association of Women Lawyers Award outstanding woman law student Emily Elaine Tichenor
Charles V. Laughlin Award outstanding contribution to moot court program Christopher Quinn Adams
Randall P. Bezanson Award outstanding contribution to diversity in the life of the Law School community Héctor Leonardo DeJesús Alvarez & Ariel S. Wossené
Virginia Bar Family Law Section Award excellence in the area of family law Jennifer Lynn Harrington
American Bankruptcy Institute Medal excellence in the study of bankruptcy law Kelton Patrick Frye
Barry Sullivan Constitutional Law Award excellence in constitutional law Paul C. Judge
James W. H. Stewart Tax Law Award excellence in tax law Hollie A. Floberg & Christina Lynne Tacoronti
Thomas Carl Damewood Evidence Award excellence in the area of evidence James A. Cooper & Kirby Zoe Kreider
A. H. McLeod-Ross Malone Advocacy Award distinction in oral advocacy Loren K. Peck
Student Bar Association President Award recognition for services as President of the Student Bar Association Julian F. Harf
Clinical Legal Education Association Award outstanding clinical student Award Alexandra L. Klein