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Commencement Ceremony Details

Robing

All graduates need to be at their robing site by 1:00 p.m. 

Please do not bring any personal belongings to the robing site.  Leave your personal belongings (handbags, umbrellas, coats, etc.) with your guests.

  • J.D. graduates robe in the Dahlgren Quad, located behind Healy Hall

  • LL.M. graduates robe in the Davis Arts Center, second floor.

  • Rain Site robing is in McDonough Arena, beginning in the first floor hallway.

Line-up

Graduates will be directed to form a line for the academic procession.  The person standing directly in front of and behind you will most likely be seated next to you for the ceremony.

Procession

The academic procession begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. 


The procession goes around the Healy Statue, through the back of the guest seating and into the rows of graduate seating facing the Healy stage. The faculty procession follows the student procession. Students should stand until all faculty have processed onto the stage and everyone has been invited to take a seat.

Conferral of Degrees

During the main ceremony, the honorary degree recipients will be awarded their degrees and the University President will confer degrees upon the graduates.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty will process off the stage.  Students do not follow or process.  When the music stops and all graduates and guests will go to the small ceremony site.

Small Group Ceremonies

  • J.D. small ceremony sites are organized by first year sections.  J.D. transfer students are considered members of Section 6.

  • There are two small ceremony sites for LL.M. graduates organized by the type of graduate degree.

The ceremony will begin with a student speaker. After the student speaker, names will be called and graduates will receive individual recognition.  A photographer will take pictures of each graduate and the photos may be ordered after the ceremony.

Receptions

All guests are invited to a reception following their small group ceremonies where light refreshment and champagne are served.  The location of your reception is based upon the small group ceremony the graduate attends.  Please see the Schedule of Events for the specific locations, which may differ in the case of rain.

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