Hamline News

Commencement 2013


Hamline undergraduate, graduate, and law students gathered to celebrate commencement with family, friends, faculty, and staff on May 17 and 18, 2013. The School of Law ceremony was held on Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. The undergraduate celebration began with the baccalaureate multi-faith ceremony on Saturday, May 18 at Hamline Church with commencement following. The graduate ceremony was held on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Old Main Mall. You can watch the commencement speeches below, or on Hamline's YouTube channel.

Commencement Speakers

School of Law 
Victor Vieth 

Victor Vieth (Hamline School of Law Class of 1987) serves as the executive director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a state of the art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU). NCPTC includes five moot court rooms, four forensic interview rooms, and a mock house in which to conduct simulated child abuse investigations. NCPTC staff provides intensive instruction for undergraduate students and current professionals in the field on how to better recognize, react, and respond to children who are being abused. The center trains approximately 15,000 child protection professionals each year. Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions, and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.” Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Vieth is author of Unto the Third Generation, an initiative that outlines the necessary steps Vieth believes can eliminate child abuse in America in three generations. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL) in 1987. While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of constitutional law and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremonies

Bill Drayton (Honorary Degree Recipient)

As the founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Bill Drayton has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, growing a global association of nearly 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs who are working together in over 80 countries to create an “Everyone a Changemaker” world. Drayton has been a social entrepreneur since an early age -- during his years as an undergraduate at Harvard and a law student at Yale, he launched a number of organizations, including Yale Legislative Services and Harvard’s Ashoka Table, an interdisciplinary weekly forum in the social sciences. In 1970, he began his career at McKinsey and Company in New York. From 1977 to 1981, Drayton served as assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he launched emissions trading (the basis of the Kyoto Protocol) and other reforms. In 1981, while working part-time at McKinsey and Company, he founded both Ashoka and Save EPA, the predecessor to Environmental Safety. With the support that he received when elected a MacArthur Fellow in 1984, he was able to devote himself fully to Ashoka. In addition to his current role as chairman and CEO of Ashoka, Drayton is the chair of Youth Venture, Community Greens, and Get America Working!

Lynne Chung (Student Speaker)

Lynne Chung graduates from Hamline with a co-major in English and secondary education and a minor in psychology. She has been heavily involved in various leadership organizations during her four years at Hamline including being on the Colleges Against Cancer Committee, the vice president of the Asian Pacific American Coalition, and an intern for the McVay Youth VOICE Program. Chung has also been inducted into Hamline’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Residential Honorary Hall, served on Hamline’s Undergraduate Student Congress, and has been an active part of Hamline’s Residential Life Office. Dedicated to service, leadership, and advocacy, Chung continues to pursue her dreams of becoming an educator and strives to continue to inspiring her peers as well as the future leaders of tomorrow.