- Live Commencement Video is provided by campus ATS Mediaworks (http://commencementvideo.ucdavis.edu/ ).
- Graduation Checklist
- Name Verification Forms
- Announcements Can Be Ordered
- Academic Dress
- How to Order
- Academic Hoods
- Special Assistance
- Law Library Information
4:00 PM Friday, May 17, Mondavi Center
Candidates will assemble at 2:30 in the Studio Theater at the Mondavi Center located across the street from the Mondavi Center. Your guests will use the Mondavi Center main lobby entrance. Free parking will be available in the South Entry parking structure. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION TO THE CEREMONY. THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS YOU CAN HAVE. More information regarding tickets to follow.
The ceremony usually lasts no more than 2 hours.RECEPTION:
Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held for degree recipients, their families and friends, and friends of the School. Some families stay at the reception the entire time and others mingle quickly and leave. Finger-type food will be served at the reception. The reception will be held in the lobby of the Mondavi Center.
Welcoming Remarks: Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Student Speaker: Alexander Rich
Faculty Speaker: Professor Edward J. Imwinkelried
Presenting the Law School Medal: Dean Kevin R. Johnson
Commencement Address: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Conferring the Degrees: Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
Marshalls - Professor of Law: Floyd Feeney
Professor of Law: Clay Tanaka
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 Nicole or Courtney in the Registrar's Office if you need assistance.
Absolute Deadline - March 8, 2013 5PM. Undergraduate degree verification and name verification forms are available on the Law School Intranet site . If you have not verified your information by the deadline, we will use what is currently listed on your student record. Your undergraduate degree is listed on the commencement program under your name (not on your diploma). Your name is listed as it will appear both in the program and on your diploma. If you want to make a change to your name, other than to your middle name/initial, please complete a name change petition available online by following the link: Petition for Name Change . Name changes will affect all university records. Please return the completed form to the Law School Registrar's Office. If you make a name change but don't provide the form by the March 8 deadline, the change will not be made.
ACTIVITIES, AWARDS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS:
Absolute Deadline - March 15, 2013 5PM. 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 those that apply to you from the list provided. These apply to your Law School career only. If you have something you want to add that is not on the list, include in the request line. This link will remain open through March 15, 2013.
Since we are under a print deadline for the program the deadlines assigned for checklists, verification forms, and activities and awards will be a firm deadline.
No exceptions will be made.
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. Graduates are required to return the hood borrowed from the law school. Hoods are available for purchase for those who want to keep a hood after graduation. See Purchasing Academic Hoods, below.
Rental cost is $42, which includes cap, gown, and tassel. Gown rental is free with purchase of a Grad Pack. Online ordering will be available beginning March 1, 2013, at the UC Davis Bookstore website. Click on Preorder online to get to the order form which will give you a choice for JD and LL.M. gowns. Candidates must order their academic attire no later than midnight on April 1, 2013. If you have not pre-ordered by the April 1 deadline, you must contact the Commencement Coordinator at the bookstore to arrange to place your rental order in person. A $10 late handling fee will apply.
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.
Returning your Academic Hood and Cap and Gown:
A hood will be presented to you at Commencement as you cross the stage. The hood is the possession of the Law School and must be returned to the Law School immediately following the cermony. The gown must be returned to the Campus Bookstore following the ceremony. You may keep your tassel. A collection station will be posted outside the Mondavi Center main lobby next to the ticket booth for collection of hoods and gowns. If you don't use the collection station immediately following the ceremony, it is your responsibility to deliver your gown to the Bookstore and your hood back to the law school in the External Relations Office on the Monday following commencement.
Purchasing Academic Hoods:
If you choose to purchase your own hood rather than borrow the Law School hood, academic hoods are available at a cost of $145.95. 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 April 1.
Announcements can be ordered online at the UC Davis Bookstore website. Your order will ship within two days and estimated ship time is up to five days. You can also order over the phone at 1-800-433-0296. For Grad Pack pricing and/or information on availability of class rings and portrait photography, please visit the UC Davis Bookstore website.
Some customization is allowed on announcements for special activities and awards. In order to do a special order, you need to place the order via the vendor's 800 number available on the UC Davis Bookstore website.
A professional photographer will be present to take a class picture before the ceremony and an individual picture as you cross the stage and immediately after you exit the stage. We will distribute brochures and order forms as commencement approaches.
Family and friends wishing to take photographs of candidates are requested to do so either before or after the ceremony. During the ceremony family and friends will not be allowed to approach the stage or stand in the aisles.
Videotaping the ceremony is allowed as long as the equipment does not obstruct the aisles and other guests' view.
Wheelchairs are not provided by the Mondavi Center. However, wheelchairs are allowed at the Mondavi Center. Disabled parking spaces are located close to the Mondavi Center.
A certificate commemorating the ceremony will be presented to each participant at commencement. Diplomas will be available to pick up at the Law Registrar's Office by July 10 - watch Boards for notice of availability. If you prefer to have your diploma mailed to you, please complete the form by clicking on the following link: Mail my diploma . There is a small fee for this service.
UC Davis is a member of the Order of the Coif. In order to be elected to the Order of the Coif, students must be in the top 10% of their graduating class and have 75% of their UC Davis units as graded units. Eligibility for Order of the Coif membership is determined after the sixth semester. The list of students eligible for Coif membership is voted on by the UC Davis Law faculty at the first faculty meeting of the academic year following graduation. If you qualify for Order of the Coif, you will receive an invitation letter some time in September. Do not expect to receive anything before that time.
UC Davis School of Law does not recognize Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude.LAW LIBRARY INFORMATION:
If you are remaining here to study for the Bar, the library will allow you to keep your carrel. They will be contacting you with information regarding this. If you plan to leave directly after commencement, you need to have your carrel cleaned out by May 17.
CLEAN THEM OUT before you leave Davis. Some time during the first week of August, lockers will be cleaned out. Anything left behind will be disposed of. Your help is really appreciated.
For general information the UC Davis Commencement Handbook is available online here .