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UC Davis Law to Hold Virtual Commencement on May 15

News Posted on April 29, 2021

UC Davis School of Law will hold a virtual commencement for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Chancellor Gary S. May and Dean Kevin R. Johnson will address the graduates, as will faculty speaker Professor Jasmine E. Harris and student speaker Viktoriya Chebotarev ’21. Students selected the faculty and student speakers.

In addition to the virtual event, UC Davis Law will hold a safe, socially distanced in-person photo opportunity for graduates from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, May 14 at King Hall. Plans may change depending on state and local health guidance.

The decision on a virtual commencement was reached after consultation with the central UC Davis administration and the Class of 2021 commencement committee, Dean Kevin R. Johnson said.

“We all wish we could be together for a joyous celebration, but our community’s health and safety require a virtual commencement,” Johnson said. “The Class of 2021 has shown remarkable resilience and willingness to adapt during the pandemic. I thank everyone for their patience and cooperation.”

The virtual ceremony will mirror the usual commencement. Graduates in regalia will join a Zoom ceremony. Graduates will hear their names announced and, if possible, be hooded on camera. The event will be streamed over Facebook Live.

Chebotarev, the student speaker, was born in Belarus and immigrated with her family to the United States as a refugee. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley. As a law student, Chebotarev served in leadership positions for the Christian Legal Society and the King Hall Negotiations Team and externed for the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and California Attorney General’s office. After graduation, she will join the California Attorney General’s office.

For questions about commencement or the in-person photo shoot, please contact Events Manager Onell Berrios.