May 1, 2021
Congratulations to our graduates! We streamed four ceremonies on May 1 at the following times:
- 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
- 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
- 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
View the commencement videos below.
8 a.m. Ceremony
10:45 a.m. Ceremony
1:30 p.m. Ceremony
4:15 p.m. Ceremony
2021 Commencement Speaker
Edwin Cameron is a prominent South African judge and human rights lawyer who has fought for social justice issues, particularly for LGBTIQ equality and to destroy the stigma and unjust discrimination for those living with HIV/AIDs. His recent work addresses the “moral catastrophe” of mass incarceration that disproportionately affects Blacks and other minorities.
Cameron was first appointed to the bench by President Nelson Mandela in 1994. He was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal for eight years and of the High Court for six, before serving as a Justice of the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest court, from 2009 to 2019. He currently is Chancellor of Stellenbosch University and Inspecting Judge of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services.
Before serving on the bench, during his decades as a human rights lawyer he co-drafted the Charter of Rights on AIDS and HIV, co-founded the AIDS Consortium, founded the AIDS Law Project, and fought for the historic inclusion of sexual orientation in the South African Constitution. He wrote a prize-winning memoir, Witness to AIDS, about his own experience of surviving AIDS. His second book, Justice: A Personal Account, was published in 2014. Cameron was the first, and remains the only, senior official in Africa to state publicly that he is living with HIV/AIDS, for which Mandela once referred to him as “one of South Africa’s new heroes.”
He has received numerous honors for his legal and human rights work, including a special award by the Bar of England and Wales in 2002 for his “contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights.” He is an honorary fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London, and of Keble College, Oxford, as well as an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple, London. He holds honorary doctorates in law from King’s College London, the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Oxford University, the University of St. Andrews, Stellenbosch University, and Sussex.
For the health and safety of the May 1, 2021 Commencement Ceremony participants, we have asked the following speakers to submit personal messages to the graduates. We are honored for their contribution to Stetson University College of Law’s Commencement Ceremony.
Maureen Breakiron-EvansChair, Stetson University Board of Trustees
Greg ColemanChair, Stetson College of Law Board of Overseers
Kevin IuratoPresident, Stetson Lawyers Alumni Association
Corey RobertsStetson Law '21 and Outgoing Student Bar Association President