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Law School Commencement 2015

Date: 11:00am PDT May 23, 2015 Location: Pamplin Center

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The live webcast will begin 15 minutes before the ceremony start time and conclude with the recessional.


Commencement Day Schedule

Whether the ceremony is inside or outside, graduates need to arrive in your regalia at Pamplin Sports Center 9:15am.

PHOTOGRAPHS - arrive in cap & gown by 9:30am

9:15am for Law Review groups

Gather inside the Sports Center where a group picture will be taken. A commissioned photographer will take a group picture.  Students need to assemble and pose for the photograph at 9:45am.  If you are on any of the Law Reviews, you must be ready in cap and gown by 9:15am.  PLEASE be on time.

A picture will also be taken of each graduate on stage receiving the degree from Dean Johnson.


This occurs inside the front of the Pamplin Sports Center, whether the ceremony is indoors or out. Graduates will be assembled in lines for the processional by faculty members serving as marshals. The marshals will check the list and cross off the names of anyone not present so that no one’s name is called if they are not there. Associate Dean Spence will check pronunciation of all names. This takes one solid hour. Students who are not in line for the formation will not be on the list to be called at the ceremony.


Follow the instructions of the faculty marshals. The students lead the processional followed by the faculty and the platform party.  The entire ceremony is typically around 2 hours.


Following the commencement address, Dean Johnson will “present” the class. She will ask all the graduates to stand and then the graduates will be asked to come forward to receive their degrees.

Graduates will come forward by rows. The faculty marshal will instruct each row when it is time to proceed toward the stage. Leave your caps on your seats as you will be hooded on stage. When you are the next to be called, stop at the bottom of the steps until your name is called.

As soon as your name is read, proceed up the steps to the faculty member who is hooding the graduates. Turn to face the audience and the faculty member will hood you.

Next, walk to Dean Johnson who will shake your hand. A photographer will take your picture as the dean hands you your diploma. Next move on to President Glassner who will shake your hand. Proceed on across the stage to receive the congratulations of the commencement speaker and member of the board of visitors.

Finally, proceed down the steps at the far end of the stage where you will be directed to your seat by a faculty marshal.

When you return to your seat after receiving your degree, remain standing until all graduates have received degrees. At that time all the graduates will be seated.

Two shuttle vans will run from the law school to the college starting at 9:30am on commencement day for everyone.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: U.S. Senator Heidi Keitkamp J.D. ’80


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