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Graduation Preparation

Grad Fair

The School of Law is creating a one-stop-shop for graduating 3Ls and LL.M.s! Please join Events Manager Delayna Fitzgerald and the UC Davis Bookstore in the King Hall Student Lounge (lower level) and prepare for commencement! If you cannot be there, the same information is found on this page.  Grad Fair 2018, UC Davis School of Law, Student Lounge, Wednesday, February 14 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Graduation Checklists

Graduation checklists are available on the Law School Intranet site under the "Course Tools" tab. 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 graduating on time.

Name and Degree Verification

Your legal name is listed in the commencement program booklet, and printed on your law school diploma in the way your name is displayed in your student record (all three locations must use your legal name and must be the exact same).  We ask that you log into the Law School Intranet to view and verify your name as it appears on record. The Intranet allows you to submit requests to change the way your name is displayed (include or exclude your middle name/initial, change the case upper/lower case of certain letters, etc.) under the "Name Change" option.  Please note:  All name changes will affect all university records.

Additionally, your undergraduate degree is listed in the commencement program under your name.  Please check this degree and school for accuracy.  If you would like other degrees listed (Masters, Ph.D., etc.) you will need to supply the Law Registrar's Office with an official copy of your transcript which confirms you received the degree.  We cannot list degrees unless you provide an official transcript. 

If you have not verified your information by the deadline, we will use what is currently listed on your student record for both the commencement program and your law school diploma.  All deadlines are campus deadlines so that diplomas and programs can be printed 0n schedule.  No exceptions to the deadlines will be made. 

Deadline to submit name changes:  March 4, 2018

Activities, Awards, and Scholarships

Activities, awards, and scholarships are printed in the back of the commencement program. This information is also on the Law School Intranet. Please choose from the list provided, any activities, awards and scholarships that apply to your Law School career only. If you have a law school achievement you want to add which is not on the list, you may include it in the request line (all requests will be reviewed). Please be sure to review the activities which fall alphabetically under “King Hall” as many activities have a formal title beginning with our school name.  Because we are under a print deadline for the commencement program and diplomas, the deadlines will be firm.  No exceptions will be made.

Deadline to submit activities and awards: March 11, 2018

Commencement Speakers

The King Hall Class Representatives for the graduating class will facilitate the nominations, ballots and selections of various commencement positions including faculty speaker, student speaker and faculty marshals (hooders). Students participating in the commencement ceremony should review their email for important notifications related to the selection of the commencement speakers and marshals.

Deadline to submit nominations for faculty speaker and marshals:  March 16, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)
(Formal ballot/voting will occur after this date)

Deadline to submit audition video file for students wanting to speak:  March 16, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)
(Formal ballot/voting will occur after this date)

Contact Card Option

The Commencement App on the Intranet allows you to enter your commencement ticket request, contact information for commencement photo proofs, and provide notes and helpful hints about the pronunciation of your name so that it can be read correctly as you cross the stage.  You may use a preferred name rather than your legal/formal name for when you cross the stage.  Please use the intranet fields for preferred name and phonetic spelling to record both your preferred version of your name and any phonetic notes or hints which might help the announcer to clearly say your name.  Using cues such a “sounds like”, “rhymes with” or using a combination of CAPS and lowercase to indicate where the emphasis should be placed when saying your name aloud are all helpful cues.  The information used for this purpose will not update your student record or change you legal name on file.

Deadline to submit contact card options: April 13, 2018


Announcements can be ordered online at the UC Davis Bookstore website.  Some customization is allowed on announcements for special activities and awards.  Your order will ship within two days and estimated ship time is up to five days. For Grad Pack pricing and/or information on availability of class rings and portrait photography, please visit the UC Davis Bookstore website.

Academic Dress

The academic attire for participants in the ceremony is a doctoral gown and tam with a purple tassel. Academic hoods are provided by the Law School the day of commencement and are distributed to students before they cross the stage. The hood is the possession of the School of Law and must be returned to the School of Law immediately following the ceremony. Hoods are available for purchase for those who want to keep a hood after graduation. See Purchasing Academic Hoods, below.

How to order cap and gown

Rental includes keeper tam, rental gown, and keeper tassel. Gowns can be rented with purchase of grad pack or rented on its own. Purchase of Grad Pack offers the best discount. Online ordering will be available beginning February 9th, at the UC Davis Bookstore website. Click on Cap & Gown or Grad Pack button to get to the order form which will give you a choice for JD and LL.M. gowns. If you do not pre-ordered by the deadline, you must contact the Commencement Coordinator at the bookstore to arrange to place your rental order in person.

Deadline to order cap and gown:  March 22, 2018

Deadline to order announcements and other items: See bookstore website for details.

Picking-Up Orders

All bookstore orders will be delivered to King Hall. Tams, gowns, and tickets will be available for pick up in the Career Services Office the week prior to commencement. You will be notified by e-mail when you can pick them up. If your order includes a Grad Pack, it will be delivered for pick-up with your cap and gown. For Grad Pack pricing and/or information on availability of class rings and portrait photography, please visit the UC Davis Bookstore website.

Timeframe for order pick-up:  May 14-18, 2018 (tentative)

Purchasing Academic Hoods

If you choose to purchase your own hood rather than borrow the Law School hood, academic hoods are available for purchase. Students can access and print the order form by clicking on the following link: (Purchasing Academic Hoods).   The bookstore normally carries a limited supply of new JD hoods in stock, but they can also be special ordered at no additional cost if they run out. In order to have one in time for our ceremony, orders should be placed by March 22nd.