Graduation Information

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Graduation 2019 Information

Online preorders for regalia begin February 25.  For purchases made before March 25, orders may be picked up as early as the Grad Fair at the Campus Bookstore on March 28-30, or will be held until the SJQ 3L Law Graduation Fair, which will take place on April 15 from 12-2pm.  ALL orders must be placed by April 5 for pick up at the SJQ 3L Law Graduation Grad Fair. Regalia orders after March 25 should be purchased online through the Campus Store, by clicking here. Orders placed after April 5 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 15, 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 10, 2019

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

Commencement Address:

Cristina Ortega

Cristina Ortega, a 2002 graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, is currently an assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City. She is assigned to the office’s violent crime section, handling some of the most serious crime cases in the state. She is working on two of the office’s special initiatives: Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Childhood. Under Project Safe Neighborhood, Ortega works with local, state, and federal law enforcement and prosecutes firearms offenses, drug trafficking, and violent crime in Indian County. Under Project Safe Childhood, she works with local, state, and federal law enforcement and prosecutes sexual exploitation of minors offenses that include the possession, distribution, and production of child pornography.

Ortega launched her career as a prosecutor at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office in 2002 where she was a prosecutor in both the adult and juvenile justice system. She also worked from 2010 to 2018 as a deputy district attorney at the Davis County Attorney’s Office, where she specialized in special victim cases that include sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence.

Ortega has a rich history of service to the University of Utah, where she served on the main campus Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2017 and represented the trustees on the KUER advisory board and the audit committee. Read more »

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) 581-6571 or by Friday, April 12, 2019 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 ( 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.

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 10th. 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.

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.

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.