Stetson University

Opening Convocation

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Opening Convocation signifies the formal opening of the 2014-2015 academic year. All students, faculty and staff are asked to participate.


5 p.m.

Faculty and students arrive in the gathering areas to prepare for the processional - see the menu on this page for gather locations

5:15 p.m.

Processional begins led by the graduate students as the Hollis Center victory bell chimes.

5:30 p.m.

Convocation begins - Edmunds Center

6:30 p.m.


Community Dinner - Carlton Union Building

7:15 p.m.

Pep Rally - Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

7:30 p.m.

Green and White Scrimmage Game - Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Convocation Guest Speaker

Judge Simone Marstiller

Judge Simone Marstiller

Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Judge Simone Marstiller grew up in St. Petersburg, Fla. She earned her bachelor of business administration degree in 1988 from Stetson University and her juris doctor, cum laude, in 1996 from the Stetson University College of Law.

"Stetson University is woven into the fabric of my life," Judge Marstiller says. "Truthfully, Stetson University is more than where I went to school: It has figured prominently at every critical juncture of my life. I would not be who I am–or where I am–were it not for Stetson University."

In 2010, Judge Marstiller was appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to the First District Court of Appeal, where she continues to serve today. Her varied legal career has been exclusively in service to the State of Florida.

She spent her first five years as a lawyer in the appellate arena, serving initially as a judicial law clerk in the Fifth District Court of Appeal and then as appellate counsel for the Agency for Health Care Administration (A.H.C.A.). In 2001, Judge Marstiller became assistant general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush, assisting the governor's general counsel in overseeing the legal operations of the governor's agencies and advising the governor on a wide variety of legal and policy issues.

Judge Marstiller was selected in 2002 to serve as general counsel for the Department of Management Services (D.M.S.), the administrative agency for state government. While serving in this capacity, Gov. Bush appointed her interim secretary of the agency.

From D.M.S., Judge Marstiller returned to the governor's office in 2003 to serve as deputy chief of staff, and in 2004, was appointed state chief information officer to head Florida's central technology planning and policy organization. In 2005, she became secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the state's largest regulatory agency.

In 2007, Attorney General Bill McCollum appointed Judge Marstiller associate deputy attorney general for the State of Florida. In that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing four agency divisions, including the Civil Rights and Opinions divisions.

When appointed to the appellate court in 2010, Judge Marstiller was serving as executive director for the Florida Elections Commission. There she oversaw the investigation and prosecution of complaints and was the chief administrative officer for the agency.

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