Commencement Ceremony Details
Graduates should arrive on the main campus by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Graduates will be provided assistance in donning the full regalia before the ceremony(including the hood). J.D. graduates robe in the Dahlgren Quad, located behind Healy Hall, and LL.M. graduates robe on the north side of Healy Hall, between Healy and Copley Halls. (Rain Site robing is in McDonough Arena, beginning in the first floor hallway.) Please do not bring any personal belongings to the Robing Area. There is nowhere to store your belongings before or during the ceremony so leave your personal belongings (handbags, umbrellas, coats, etc.) with your guests before you go to the Robing Area.
Graduates will be directed to form a line. J.D.s: The person standing directly in front of and behind you will most likely be seated next to you for the ceremony. LL.M.: Graduates will be divided into two seperate lines by distribution site. (LL.M. A: Healy Lawn and LL.M. B: Alumni Square.) (Rain Site line-up is in McDonough Arena, beginning in the first floor hallway.)
The procession begins promptly at 1:30 p.m.
The S.J.D. & LL.M. students lead the procession line in seperate side by side columns followed by the J.D. students. 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
At the main ceremony, the honorary degree recipients will be awarded their degrees. The 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. Students should wait until the music stops and then go to their diploma distribution site.
Diploma Presentation Sites
Following the main ceremony, graduates and their families should proceed to their diploma site.
J.D. diplomas are distributed by first year section(1,2,3,4,5,6:Transfer & 7). LL.M. diplomas are distributed at two presentation sites. The diploma presentation ceremony will begin with a student speaker. After the student speaker, names will be called and graduates will come forward to accept their diplomas. A photographer will take pictures of each graduate and the photos may be ordered after the ceremony.
All guests are invited to the Dean's reception following the diploma presentation ceremonies. Each section will hold its reception at a different location. Please see the Schedule of Events for the specific locations, which may differ in the case of rain. Light refreshments and champagne will be provided at the receptions. Tickets are not required.