The Duquesne University School of Law will honor 132 graduates during its first-ever virtual Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29.

Duquesne President Ken Gormley, former dean of the law school, will confer the degrees during the 106th Commencement ceremony. Judge Elliot Howsie of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, a 1998 graduate of the school, will deliver the Commencement address.

This marks the first Commencement ceremony as a dean for April Barton, who also will give remarks during the event.

"This Commencement will be a day of great celebration amidst a backdrop of challenge and uncertainty," Barton said. "Throughout this most difficult time, our new graduates have persevered-they've completed every course, overcome every hurdle and crossed the finish line. Accomplishing this great goal, now more than ever, took great courage. I'm so proud of them on reaching this important milestone."

Graduate Tyler Bartholomew will speak on behalf of the class of 2020. "A virtual graduation is an interesting situation. While it's disappointing that I won't get to walk with my friends and fellow graduates, it will be nice to be able to spend it with my family," said Bartholomew, a native of Quakertown, Pa. "Graduation is an important time for families and experiencing it together is a silver lining. It's also encouraging to see the way that the world has come together to celebrate all of the class of 2020 graduates."

Graduates and their families will be able to watch the virtual ceremony at


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May 27, 2020