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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 Gia Hellwig 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 2017, UC Davis School of Law, Student Lounge, Wednesday, February 15 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. The Registrar's Office will contact graduating students by email, in the first 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, 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 site to view and verify your name as it appears on record.   If you want to make a change or update your legal name please complete a name change using the online request form.  If you'd simply like 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.) you will need to enter this information in the Intranet Commencement App under the "Name" option.  Please note:  All name changes will affect all university records.

Additonally, 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 recieved 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 3, 2017

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 site. 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). Because 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 27, 2017

Contact Card Option

The Commencement App on the Intranet allows you to enter your commencment ticket request, contact information for commencement photo proofs, and provide notes and helpful hints about the pronounciation 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 field for phonetic spelling to record both your preferred name and any phonetic notes which might help the announcer to clearly say your name (it can be different from your legal name which is displayed on the form).  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.


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

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 in February 13, 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 of March 23, you must contact the Commencement Coordinator at the bookstore to arrange to place your rental order in person.

Picking-Up Orders

All 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.

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 23.