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** All below information pertains to Commencement 2017. Information will be updated in January 2018. 

Commencement Registration and Preparation
School of Law

EventDate / TimeLocationDetails
Commencement Registration Begins
Wednesday, March 1
9:00 a.m.
Registration is closed.
All students attending any of the commencement ceremonies are required to register by Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.
Doctoral Fitting
Thursday, March 2
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
School of Law, Student Lounge (Upper Level) 
Graduates can be measured for their regalia and can register to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Commencement Registration Deadline
Saturday, April 1
5:00 p.m. EDT
Registration is closed. 
Deadline for registering to participate in commencement ceremonies.
Commencement Expo & Ticket Pick Up
April 18 and 19
11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
School of Law, Upper Rotunda 
Pick up your ceremony tickets and announcements, sign up for 3L week social events and celebrate your upcoming graduation!
Graduation Clearance Deadline
Friday, May 5
Be sure that all your financial obligations to the university, including outstanding tuition and any parking or library fines, are paid. Diplomas will be withheld until financial obligations are met.


Commencement Day Schedule
School of Law
Sunday, May 21, 2017

7:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Gund Hall, School of Law
Continental breakfast available for graduates and guests.
8:15 a.m.
Convocation Robing and Line Up (Graduates)
Room A57, Gund Hall, School of Law
9:30 a.m.
University Convocation
Veale Convocation Center
This is a ticketed event. All guests must have a ticket to attend the convocation ceremony in Veale Convocation Center. Overflow viewing will be available at the Ford Auditorium at the Allen Memorial Library and in the Moot Court Room (Gund Hall Room A59) of the School of Law.
11:00 a.m.
Luncheon Reception, Graduate Check-In
Gund Hall, School of Law 
All graduates participating in the law diploma ceremony must report to their assigned assembly room (at the law school) to check-in as soon as they arrive at the reception. At check-in, you’ll be given your procession and seat assignment, and we can assist you with your regalia, honor cords, etc.

Please check-in as soon as you arrive in the law school building, before 1:00 p.m. at the latest. After checking in, you can enjoy the luncheon reception with your guests. All graduates must report back to the assembly room at 1:15 p.m. sharp for final instructions before the academic procession begins.
1:30 p.m. 
Academic Procession
The academic procession will leave the law school at 1:30 p.m. and will pause in the courtyard outside of the law school for procession photos. Your guests are encouraged to watch the academic procession and take pictures at this time. (Guests are not permitted to enter the assembly/robing areas at the Law School or Maltz Performing Arts Center.)
2:30 p.m.
Doors Open for Guests
Maltz Performing Arts Center
The Maltz Center will open for guest seating at 2:30 p.m. All guests must have a ticket to attend the law diploma ceremony. Free parking for guests is available in lots adjacent to the Maltz Center. The academic procession will enter the auditorium and the ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m.  
3:00 p.m.
School of Law Diploma Ceremony
Maltz Performing Arts Center
Speaker: Laura G. Quatela, JD (LAW '82) - Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President, Lenovo Group

This is a ticketed event.
Before 6:00 p.m.
Rental Cap and Gown Drop Off
University Bookstore,
11451 Euclid Avenue
Following commencement rental regalia should be returned to the University Bookstore, open May 21 until 6:00 p.m.


Special Accommodations

If you require any special accommodations for disabled graduates or guests, be sure to let us know in advance. Complete and submit a “request for special accommodations” form no later than May 5. These forms will be available at the Commencement Expo in April and are also available from Dean Polly at the Law School, Room 134.


A professional photographer from GradImages will take a picture of each graduate receiving his or her diploma. Graduates will receive a free proof of this photo in the mail within 14 days after commencement, along with information on how to purchase additional prints. Since professional photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony.

To ensure the comfort and safety of everyone, guests may not block the aisles or sightlines of others during the ceremony. For safety reasons, guests are not permitted onto the stage area at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Contact Information

The Law School’s Commencement Coordinators are Jay Ruffner (Academic Services) and Sarah Polly (Student Services). They can be reached at:, 216.368.3280.