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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, date/time TBD.

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. Please contact the Registrar's Office if you need assistance.

Name and Degree Verification

Your 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.  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. 

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 scholarship that apply to your Law School career only. If you have a law school achievement you want to add that is not on the list, include in the request line. This link will be made available for a limited time in the spring.  We are under a print deadline for the commencement program and diplomas. Deadlines assigned for checklists, online verification, and activities and awards will be firm deadlines.  No exceptions will be made.

Contact Card Option

The Commencement App on the Intranet allows you to enter your commencment ticket request, provide notes and helpful hints about the pronounciation of your name and contact information for commencement photo proofs.


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 cap 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 cap, gown, and 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 16, 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 25, 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. Caps, 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 25.