American University Washington College of Law Announces Valerie Jarrett as 2012 Commencement Speaker
Washington, DC, May 11, 2012 - American University Washington College of Law will welcome Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, as the Spring 2012 commencement speaker. The law school's graduation will take place May 20, 2012, at 1 p.m at at American University's Bender Arena (4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW).
"We are pleased to have such a senior member of the White House staff join us for spring commencement," said Dean Claudio Grossman. "Ms. Jarrett chairs the White House Council on Women and Girls and is a wonderful role model for our community."
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jarrett was the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company. She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and senior advisor to Obama's presidential campaign.
Jarrett has held positions in both the public and private sector, including the chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, the commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago, and deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also practiced law with two private law firms. Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.
In the Spring 2012 graduating class, 437 students will be earning their Juris Doctor (JD), 78 graduating with a Master of Laws (LL.M.), and 2 with a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD).
On-site registration and check-in will be at the Bender Arena loading dock. All media should be checked in 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Parking is available at the Asbury parking lot next to the arena. Downloadable map.
To RSVP and for additional media assistance for the May 20 ceremony, contact Megan Smith, (202) 274-4276.
Day-of-event contact is Franki Fitterer, (202) 274-4279 or (202) 321-6183 (cell).
About American University Washington College of Law
In 1896, American University Washington College of Law became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 100 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. The law school's nationally and internationally recognized programs (in clinical legal education, trial advocacy, international law, and intellectual property to name a few) and dedicated faculty provide its 1700 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC and around the world. For more information, visit wcl.american.edu