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Graduation Preparation

*** Congratulations to the graduating class of 2020! In light of public health concerns about COVID-19 and various governmental and University of California directives, a live commencement at the Mondavi Performing Arts Center on May 16, 2020 will not be possible. We do look forward to honoring our outstanding graduates later this year when it is safe for all to gather.  

We are planning to have our traditional in-person ceremony in the fall but do not have a finalized date at this time. We are also working on something to mark the May 16 date when Commencement 2020 had been scheduled.  

If you have an active cap and gown and/or grad pack order it will be canceled and refunded.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information, please refer to the School of Law website or contact Events Manager Onell Berrios at


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:  February 28th

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.