Graduation Preparation

*** Congratulations to the graduating class of 2023! UC Davis School of Law will hold a commencement from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Mondavi Center.

For more information, please contact Events & Facility Manager Onell Berrios at

COVID-19 Protocols

Face coverings are strongly recommended.

Graduation vs. Commencement

The language can sometimes be used interchangeably but “graduation” is used to describe the completion of your academic work and degree, while “commencement” refers to the celebratory event.  As you prepare for graduation and commencement, there are steps you will need to take to ensure your academic program is complete (degree requirements, diplomas, name changes, post-graduation plans, etc.) and in addition you are prepared for commencement (caps & gowns, ticket requests and how your name will be read as you cross the stage).  Please read the following instructions which will help you prepare for both graduation and commencement.

Graduation Checklists

Graduation checklists are a personalized degree audit which summarizes your degree progress.  On the  Law School Intranet site under the "Course Tools" tab you will find your graduation checklist for review. These lists are for informational purposes only; it is your responsibility to verify your graduation requirements using your unofficial transcript. The Registrar's Office will contact graduating students by email, in the third week of February to confirm graduation requirements and any concerns with students not graduating on time.

Diploma Name Verification

Your legal name is required for your law school diploma, the commencement program booklet, and your student record (all three must use your legal name and must be the exact same).  This is also the name which will be used with your Bar Exam Certification of Graduation. We ask that you confirm your legal name by logging into the  Law School Intranet, select the “Community” tab, and choose “Commencement” from the side navigation menu.  To view and verify your name as it appears on record, select the “Diploma” tab. This feature allows you to request a change to the way your legal name is displayed (include or exclude your middle name/initial, change the case upper/lower case of certain letters, etc.).  Preferred names will not be used unless supporting legal documentation is provided to support the inclusion of a preferred name.

If you have not verified your information by the following deadline, we will use your name as it is currently listed on your student record.  All deadlines are campus deadlines so that diplomas and programs can be printed 0n schedule.  No exceptions to this deadline will be made. 

Deadline to submit name verification:   TBD

Post-Graduation and Bar Exam

Most graduates will sit for a Bar Exam following graduation. To be eligible to sit for a Bar Exam, the Law Registrar must file proof of graduation with the State Bar on behalf of each graduate. Each State Bar has a unique deadline and process by which the Law Registrar will certify you as a graduate. Please use the Intranet Commencement option to note your post-graduation plan (if you do not plan to take a Bar exam, please note this in the Intranet as well) so we can begin our process to prepare the necessary certification documents.


The School of Law has eight certificate programs that allow student's specialization to be recognized upon graduation. The Pro Bono program recognizes students who fulfill a minimum number hours performing volunteer legal work performed without compensation or academic credit and under the supervision of an attorney. The Public Interest Law Certificate program allows students who have taken a certain number of course hours in this concentration to receive a certificate. The Environmental Law Certificate program does the same for students concentrating in environmental law and the Intellectual Property Law Certificate, recognizes student achievement in the area of IP law.  The newest additions to the certificate programs include the Business Law CertificateCriminal Law and Policy CertificateImmigration Law Certificate and the Tax Law Certificate.  

Deadline to submit certificate to Registrar's Office:  TBD