Thursday, May 21, 2020
Following up on my previous post, Valparaiso Law School To Close In May 2020: The Times, Valparaiso University Graduates Last Class of Law Students in Midst of Coranvirus Pandemic:
In the last three years, Valparaiso University’s final class of law school graduates have studied under extraordinary circumstances — first learning their school, a 141-year-old institution, would be closing upon their graduation, then completing their legal education in the midst of a sweeping global pandemic. ...
On Friday, VU Law students participated in a modified celebration — including the awarding of Latin honors, distribution of regalia and participating in an end-of-year VU tradition, the "Cane Walk." Fourteen law school students make up this spring's Class of 2020. ...
"This tradition, which existed in some form as early as 1901, symbolized the graduates’ transition from students to members of the legal profession," said VU Law School Dean David Cleveland in a statement to The Times. "While pregraduation events were canceled and commencement itself was postponed, the final members of the VULS community were able to gather one last time on the Law School grounds to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 and the historic law school itself."