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Emory Law congratulates the Class of 2019


University Graduation Week Activities: Open to all law students. Learn more on the University Commencement site »

School of Law Diploma Ceremony: Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 5:45 p.m. George W. Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC).

174th Commencement Exercise of Emory University: Monday, May 13, 2019; 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. on The Quadrangle.

Commencement Livestream Page: The School of Law Diploma Ceremony will be livestreamed here »

Additional Honors

The following Honors lists reflect achievements as of May 10, 2019. 

Lukas K. Alfen

Adriana Arenas

Madison F. Bader

Nadia Zoila Bayatzadeh

Jacqueline Monet Blessing

Melanie Bracht

Ashley Mari Bykerk

Andrea Jean Crump

Jacqueline Olivia Eisermann

Nicole K. ElMurr

Sydney E. Ford

Tyler Stephen George

Alejandra Mejia

Daniel Patrick Duesterberg Miller

Mary Joyce Newton

Carly Rachel Rabner

Lindsay Leigh Richmond

Brandon Scheck

Erika P. Voreh

Evelyn Ellis Walker

Caner Yesil

David Seiyong Ahn

Allison Bailey

Samantha M Busch

Victoria Lavender Veran Bartlett

Morgan Bridgman

Lesley Chen

Alexandra P Conn

Matthew P Demartini

Jonathan Dichiara

Karla M Doe

John Folkerth

Lucille M Gauthier

Nadia J Hajji

David J Hoffmann

Chelsie J Holler

Max J Kellogg

Taesung Kim

Deyvid V Madzharov

Nicholas C Marais

Rebecca S McMahon

Megan Leigh Meyers

Michelle Tatum Nussbaum

Jonathan Robert Pickett

Caleb Robertson

Fiona Patricia O'Carroll

Ariel Marie Olson

Sangita Vani Sahasranaman

Robert D Sherrier

Rebecca Arlene Reiman Smith

Spencer M Stephens

Jesse Daniel Sutz

Chloe Veron

Talia Bess Wagner

Caleah Whitten

Allison Bailey

Brittany S. Brown

Seth Church

Karla Doe

Katherine Freeman

Lucy Gauthier

Tyler Greenwood

Precious Johnson

Kevin Hongsuk Kim

Nicholas Marais

Janiel Myers

Fiona O’Carroll

Benjamin Alden Ries

Jenine Rossington

Caleah Whitten

Christina Zeidan

Below is a helpful month-to-month check list to get you ready for graduation. Please keep in mind that some dates may change, so please be sure to check the Registrar’s Web page for updates. 

Time to Apply for Graduation

  • All schools at Emory University participate in online graduation application submissions. Students may apply to graduate through their OPUS accounts online. You will be available to apply for graduation in OPUS January 8, 2019, through February 8, 2019.
  • Be sure to check the degree information display carefully as you apply to ensure your diploma will be ordered correctly. Double-check the following:
    • Be sure to check the degree information displayed to ensure your diploma will be ordered correctly.
    • Confirm that your name is spelled correctly in OPUS. How your name appears in OPUS is how it will be listed on all commencement-related publications, including your diploma. The name change deadline is February 28, 2019.
    • Are you applying for the degree you think you are? Verify this information.
    • Confirm that your diploma mailing address is accurate and will be valid for you for a minimum of 6 weeks after commencement ceremonies.
  • After February 8, 2019, late degree applications must be completed using the paper form available here. Students submitting a late degree application must submit ONLY the paper form to the Law Registrar in G144. Students will then have to take a $25 late fee, in the form of a check made payable to the university’s Registrar Office, directly to the office at 200 Dowman Drive, Boisfeuillet Jones, Center, Rm. 100. The Law Registrar cannot accept any payments.

Info for Dual Degree

  • You must submit a degree application to both schools. You will apply online, in OPUS, for the degree of the school at which you are currently enrolled. A paper degree application should be completed and submitted to the other school. Online and/or paper degree applications are due to both schools by the application deadline. Click here for the paper degree application »
  • Please understand that eligibility does not necessarily mean you have met all graduation requirements for your degree program.

Grad Fair And Renting Regalia 

  • You can order regalia at a grad fair or online at from February 8, 2019, until March 7, 2019.
  • Be certain you order the correct regalia for your degree type. JM graduates, per B&N guidelines, must purchase regalia. JD/LLM/SJD graduates can rent or purchase their regalia. Note: Any JD/LLM/SJD graduates who wish to purchase regalia must complete a Custom Regalia Purchase form and turn it in to Heather LaFleur at by March 7, 2019. The purchase option is not available online. 
  • Regalia pick-up will be available at Emory’s Barnes & Noble bookstore starting on April 17, 2019.
  • Please note JD graduates must complete the ABA Required JD Graduate Survey before picking up their cap and gown.
  • Rented regalia must be returned May 14, to May 17, 2019 to the Emory University Barnes & Noble bookstore. 
  • The School of Law will host a Grad Fair in Hunter Atrium on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

    Schedule of Events

    • Barnes & Noble will help students order caps and gowns online.
    • GradImages will provide cap and gown photography, with no appointment necessary. Come photo-ready. Cap and gown will be provided.
    • Jostens will take announcement orders (February 11 only).
    • Herff Jones will take orders for class rings and frames.
  • Emory Barnes & Noble will also host a Grad Fair in Hunter Atrium on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m (Please check Registrar’s Commencement webpage for updates)
  • If you do not rent your regalia beforehand, none will be provided for you. Regalia is required to walk in the Diploma Ceremony and the Commencement Exercises.
  • Be certain you order the correct regalia for your degree type. Not all School of Law graduates wear the same type of regalia. 

Complete graduation requirements

Graduating students must meet the following requirements before commencement.

  • Financial Aid Exit Interview: Please do not forget to complete your exit loan interview online here.
  • Clear Final Charges: To avoid a university hold on your diploma, pay all outstanding tuition, health services charges, parking, and library fines now. This information can be found on your Student Center page in OPUS.

Submit guest hooder information (for JD students only)

Only JD students are hooded during the diploma ceremony. Many choose to be hooded by the faculty member voted Most Outstanding Professor. You may request a guest hooder, as long as the hooder holds a JD degree.

  • Complete the Hooding Request Form to request a guest hooder. If you would like afaculty member to hood you, complete this form. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 22.
  • We will provide a reserved seating section so that each hooder can easily access the stage, or hooders can choose to sit in the bleachers. Please advise your guest hooder that only two seats will be available in the reserved section, one for the hooder and one for the hooder’s guest.
  • Guest hooders should dress in business attire; regalia is not required.
  • We recommend that guest hooders arrive by 4:30 p.m. to ensure they can find parking and their designated seating prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Hooder names will not be read, but their information is required for verification purposes. We will provide a briefing to your hooder in advance of the ceremony, via email.
  • Detailed information about the hooding process will be provided closer to graduation.

Submit name pronunciation

To help us pronounce your name correctly during the Diploma Ceremony please be sure to submit the pronunciation of your name here. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 22, 2019.

Submit accommodated seating requests

Accommodated seating requests (includes disability, impairments, or access issues) must be made in advance for both the Law School Diploma Ceremony and the Emory University Commencement Exercises. Please check with your loved ones to determine if accommodated seating is needed; it MUST be pre-arranged. You must submit forms for BOTH ceremonies, as they are administered differently. All requests must be submitted by Friday, May 3, 2019.

  • To submit an accommodated seating request for the law school’s Diploma Ceremony, please use this form. 
  • To submit an accommodated seating request for the Emory University Commencement Exercises, please use this form. 
  • All accommodated guests will get one additional seat for someone to accompany them. If a guest’s or the guest’s assistant’s name is not on the submitted list, they will not be able to sit in accommodated seating.


Request not to participate in graduation

Students who wish to graduate in absentia must obtain permission from the Dean or his/her designee. In this case, the diploma will be mailed to the student’s permanent address listed in OPUS. 

Graduating in Absentia »

Request to march before completing degree requirements

If you will not complete your degree requirements until summer 2019 or fall 2019 but would like to march in the Diploma Ceremony with the spring 2019 cohort, please complete the form found here.

Survey time 

ABA Required JD Graduate Survey (JD Students Only): Please plan to complete your graduate survey by the month of April; it must be finalized before you can pick up your graduation regalia. Please be on the lookout for an email from the Career Center regarding this survey.

Note: ABA Required JD Grad Survey must be completed before you can pick-up your regalia.

Pick-up & return regalia

  • If you chose to have your regalia delivered to the Emory Barnes & Noble bookstore, regalia will be available for pick up starting Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Emory Barnes & Noble will do a Grad Fair on Wednesday, April 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Emory Barnes & Noble bookstore. Students will have another opportunity to take cap & gown photos with GradImages.
  • You may return your regalia to the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore anytime from May 14 until May 17 (Please refer to your order form for details on failure to return your regalia to Barnes & Noble in a timely manner.)

Line-Up For Law School Commencement Ceremony

Emory University School of Law’s Diploma Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. in the Woodruff P.E. Center on the main Emory University campus. All students should plan to report to the Woodruff P.E. Center no later than 4:30 p.m. to get lined up in time for the ceremony start. Free parking is available in the Peavine Parking Deck across the street from the P.E. Center. Parking and map directions can be found here.

When exiting the Peavine Parking Deck, you will see the gate entrance for the running track next to the P.E. Center. At the entrance of the track, there will be check-in tables, where each student will receive a reader card. On the top right-hand corner, you will find a number to help you line up in numerical order. Please do not lose your reader card. It will be used to read your name aloud during the Presentation of Degree Candidates.

Staff will help guide students inside the gym at the start of the ceremony. We will begin moving the line to the entrance of the gym by 5:40 p.m. and the processional will start promptly at 5:45 p.m. In case of rain, staff will help line up graduates inside the Woodruff P.E. Center until the start of the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, there will be a formal recessional to the track outside, where you will be able to greet faculty and your loved ones. 


During the Presentation of Degree Candidates, JD candidates will walk across the stage upon hearing their name called, then they will exit the stage to line up at the hooding area, where you will be matched with your hooder, if you have requested one. Staff will be on hand to assist JD candidates and their hooder through the hooding process. Watch this video to learn more about the hooding process. Please note, you and your hooder will receive a separate email with hooder instructions. 


The doors to the gym, which is located on the lower level of the P.E. Center will open at 4:30 p.m. Guests with an accommodated seating request will receive a separate email with instructions and requesters will be copied on the email. There is still time to submit an accommodated seating request. Please use this form to fill out an accommodated seating request for the law school’s diploma ceremony. All requests must be submitted by Friday, May 3, 2019. All accommodated guests will get one additional seat for someone to accompany them.


GradImages is the official photographers during the diploma ceremony. They will take a photo of you and the Dean on the stage after your name is read. If you are a JD candidate, they will also take the photo of you and your hooder. You will receive an email with your proof from GradImages through your Emory email address, giving you the option to purchase your photos. If you do not receive an email from GradImages, please use this link to find your photos. 

Line-Up For All School Commencement Ceremony

University Commencement Exercises will be held the next morning, Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m. on the Quadrangle. If you are planning to attend, you should report behind Bowden Hall by the Mizell Steps at 8:00 a.m. in your regalia. As a reminder, if you have an accommodated guest, you need to submit that information here. All requests must be received by Friday, May 3, 2019.


  • Diplomas will be mailed in July to the “Diploma Address” you have listed in OPUS. Please be sure to verify that the “Diploma Address” you have listed in OPUS is correct.
  • Diplomas will not be available for pick-up from the law school.

Student Lockers

  • Please remove your belongings from your lockers and leave them unlocked after your last use before Monday, May 13, 2019. All contents will be disposed after this time.
  • You are welcome to keep your locker if you plan to stay this summer to study for the bar exam and can keep your locker until after the bar exam. Please be sure to contact Amish Mody at and provide your name and locker number by May 13
  • For returning students, the Operations Department will be sending instructions for locker access in the Fall.


Emory University School of Law’s Diploma Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 5:45 p.m. in the Woodruff P.E. Center on the main Emory University campus.

Hotels & Restaurants

The Emory University website includes information on hotels and restaurants for out-of-town guests.


Parking on the day of Commencement is always a challenge, so plan ahead. Free parking is available in the Peavine Parking Deck across the street from the P.E. Center. Parking and map directions can be found here.

Commencement Photography

Grad Images will be the official photographer for the School of Law’s Diploma Ceremony. The photographers will be taking pictures of the ceremony, which you will be able to purchase. Each graduate will be contacted directly by Grad Images when pictures are available for order. Graduates can also go to to find their photos after graduation.