2020 Commencement Update
We have determined that the traditional face-to-face graduation ceremony will take place in December, provided health guidelines at that time permit. The schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, Dec. 17 - Graduation Brunch
- Friday, Dec. 18 – Honors and Awards Celebration
- Saturday, Dec. 19 – Graduation Ceremony
The graduating classes included in the events will be December 2019, May/August 2020, and December 2020. Given the special circumstances, the December 2020 finishers will have the unique opportunity to walk in and participate in this graduation ceremony.
The December 2020 Honors and Awards and Graduation ceremonies will replicate exactly the same tradition we typically deliver each spring, including recognitions, speeches, photography, etc. As a special note, both President Wendy Libby and President Chris Roellke will attend the graduation ceremony on December 19, 2020.
For more details about our graduation, view the FAQs on our COVID site.
2020 Commencement Speaker
Lori Baggett, J.D. ’02, is the managing shareholder of the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, the third-largest law firm in the Tampa Bay area with 99 local attorneys and more than 300 nationwide. She represents companies in labor and employment law issues, with an expertise on workplace safety and health matters, and is one of a handful of Florida lawyers with OSHA 30 certification. Baggett has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law, Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, and Florida Super Lawyer.
She has held many leadership roles and focuses on promoting diversity in the legal profession. She co-chairs Carlton Fields’ Women’s Alliance and is a past fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to building a more open and diverse legal profession.
Baggett continues to be involved with the Stetson community by serving a second term as a member of the Stetson Law Alumni Association and was recently inducted into the U.S. Supreme Court with other Stetson alumni. She established the Baggett Family Scholarship at Stetson Law for African American students who exhibit academic and personal leadership.