Graduation Information

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Graduation 2020 Information

Due to recent developments and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, this event has been postponed. We will post additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Deadlines:
Online preorders for regalia begin February 24.  For purchases made before March 23, orders may be picked up as early as the Grad Fair at the Campus Bookstore on March 26-28, or will be held until the SJQ 3L Law Graduation Fair, which will take place on April 8 from 12-2pm.  ALL orders must be placed by April 3 for pick up at the SJQ 3L Law Graduation Grad Fair. Regalia orders after March 23 should be purchased online through the Campus Store, by clicking here. Orders placed after April 3 should be arranged for pick up at the campus bookstore.

PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to pick up your order at the SJQ 3L Law Graduation Grad Fair on April 8, please make a note in the “custom order notes” field indicating that your order is  “for LAW group”.

New orders for regalia will be on a first come, first served basis. Not all sizes and colors are guaranteed. 

  • Robe: Doctorate – black with red velvet trim
  • Hood: Doctorate – purple with red and white trim
  • Tassel: purple
  • Graduation cap: black

*PILO will be offering limited quantities of rental regalia donated from previous law graduates. Please watch for emails from PILO with additional information.

Law Commencement Ceremony:
May 8, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kingsbury Hall
1395 East Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Commencement Address:

Amy Howe
Until September 2016, Amy served as the editor and a reporter for SCOTUSblog; she continues to serve as an independent contractor and reporter for SCOTUSblog. She primarily writes for her eponymous blog, Howe on the Court. Before turning to full-time blogging, she served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the Supreme Court and argued two cases there. From 2004 until 2011, she co-taught Supreme Court litigation at Stanford Law School; from 2005 until 2013, she co-taught a similar class at Harvard Law School. She has also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. Amy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in Arab Studies and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Commencement will be streamed live and archived on the College of Law YouTube channel »

ADA Accommodation Requests:
Anyone requiring an interpreter (ASL or foreign language) or reserved ADA seating, please contact Jody Gonzales, (801) 213-8752 or jody.gonzales@law.utah.edu by Friday, April 10, 2020 for proper accommodations.

There are designated ADA seating areas within the commencement venue. If someone in your party uses a wheelchair, motorized scooter, or other mobility device please contact Jody Gonzales (jody.gonzales@law.utah.edu) with the number in your party and the type of mobility device so we can plan accordingly. We will do our best to ensure that your guests will be seated as close together as possible.

Students or guests with disabilities may also give reasonable prior notice and request accommodations through the Center for Disability Services at (801) 581-5020 (voice/TDD)

Guest Seating & Tickets:
Tickets are not required to attend commencement and any interested attendees are welcome. Guest seating is available in designated sections and rows of the Kingsbury Hall auditorium. The academic processional will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Families and guests not seated prior to the 10:00 a.m. start time will have to stay in the lobby and waiting areas until after all graduates and program participants have entered the building.

Parking:
Campus parking lots may be used at no charge during the commencement ceremony. Families are encouraged to drop off those who cannot walk long distances at Kingsbury Hall on President’s Circle before parking their cars. Parking for commencement is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot, with shuttles dropping off at Kingsbury Hall.

Line-up of Graduates:
All graduates need to be dressed in regalia and lined up outside Kingsbury Hall no later than 9:15 a.m. on Friday, May 8. Please plan your arrival accordingly and take into consideration that parking is available in the stadium lot and shuttles will be running between the two locations.

Photography:
A professional photographer has been authorized to photograph all graduates. Please note that candidates are under no obligation to purchase these photographs. Candidates who want to purchase pictures need to complete an information card for the photographer. Guests may take photographs as well, but will not be allowed on the floor of Kingsbury Hall during the commencement ceremony. To receive a link to view the photographer’s photos, please click here.

Hooding:
A hooding ceremony will be part of the diploma ceremony at the College of Law graduation.  After the graduate’s name is read, the graduate will process to the section on the stage where the hooding ceremony will be conducted.  First, Master of Legal Studies graduates will be hooded by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Director for the Master of Legal Studies.  Second, Master of Laws and Juris Doctor graduates will be hooded by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development.  After the hooding ceremony has been completed, the student will process across the stage to receive their diploma.

Diplomas:
Diplomas are mailed to student graduates within three months of graduation. Please use the online Campus Information System (CIS) to make any corrections to your mailing address to ensure proper delivery of your diploma. The diploma covers handed out during the commencement ceremony will be collected as you exit the Kingsbury Hall stage. Law diplomas will not fit in the standard University diploma covers.