A list of the students meeting all graduation requirements will be provided by the Registrar for faculty confirmation before each graduation date. May confirmation is the week of commencement; summer confirmation is in September; and December confirmation is in February. The actual degree dates for summer, December and May, will be set each year by the Registrar. Summer degrees are issued mid-June, the end of June, and mid-August.
All students who are eligible to graduate must complete a graduation application online at WebAdvisor, and return the form to the registrar by a date set by the registrar each year, in the Fall semester of the academic year in which the student wishes to graduate. Each individual student is responsible for keeping track of whether she/he is on track in meeting the graduation requirements. A form is available online or a student may go into WebAdvisor at any time to audit his/her transcript before the final year. Each student is urged to monitor her/his own progress toward graduation. Graduation requirements can be found by clicking here.
Final grades in the spring, for students graduating in May, are due approximately one week before commencement. Grades for all seniors in all classes are entered and final grade point averages are computed by the Tuesday before graduation, or if the student is the subject of a disciplinary hearing, or the grade point average is below the minimum required for graduation, at the time of the commencement, the Dean may determine that the student is not eligible to participate in the ceremony. The student will be notified as quickly as possible if he or she is not going to be allowed to participate.
All students who have completed the requirements for graduation the previous December, or by the May confirmation date, or who, in the Dean’s estimation, are reasonably likely to have completed them by the August confirmation date, may participate in the commencement ceremony. At commencement, the May or December graduate(s) with the highest cumulative G.P.A., my be asked to present the “Reflections of the Graduates” speech.
Participation in the ceremony by the prospective summer graduates is purely formal, and does not constitute a representation by the law school that they will successfully complete the requirement for graduation. For this reason, the faculty will not consider the issues of participation in the ceremony at its confirmation meeting, and will confine itself to the confirmation of degrees.
If a student has not fulfilled all graduation requirements at the time of the faculty confirmation, his/her degree date will be postponed to the next graduation date. When the degree requirements have been completed, certification of completion of program may be sent to state bars or other parties by the Registrar. The date of the degree however, will be that of the next graduation date.
The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Legal Research Center on the Law Campus.
Associate Dean for Academic AffairsMartha Spence
Office of Academic Affairs
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard, MSC 51
Portland, OR 97219