AUWCL Welcomes Congressman Jamie Raskin as 2021 Commencement Celebration Speaker

April 23, 2021

Congressman Jamie Raskin
Congressman Jamie Raskin

American University Washington College of Law is excited to welcome Congressman and AUWCL Professor Emeritus Jamie Raskin as speaker for its 2021 Spring Commencement Celebration Sunday, May 23.

Raskin, who taught Constitutional Law for more than a quarter century at AUWCL, will speak to approximately 500 law school graduates and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the virtual commencement event.

The celebration will be viewable here at 11 a.m. EST, and will be available for replay throughout the month of May. The celebration will feature the national anthem by a member of the graduating class, remarks from Acting Dean Robert Dinerstein and a student speaker, and the conferral of the honorary degree and remarks by Raskin, followed by a recitation of each graduate’s name and photo.

“What an amazing honor to return to my beloved WCL after five years of being away, to receive an honorary degree and share some thoughts with the graduating students,” Raskin said. “Having sat through a quarter century worth of WCL commencement addresses, I think I know what works well by this point and will strive to be as brief and as funny as possible. But I hope to say something too about what’s special about WCL at this moment in history.”  

Raskin co-founded the Program on Law and Government and founded the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. In addition to Constitutional Law, he taught The First Amendment and The Legislative Process.

Raskin is currently serving his third term as the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. He sits on the Judiciary, House Oversight, House Administration, and Rules Committees and the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

During the Commencement Celebration, AUWCL will be celebrating 421 JD, 61 LL.M., one SJD, and 43 MLS graduates, including graduates from May and August 2021 and December 2020.