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Commencement
Emory Law congratulates the Class of 2016.

Ceremonies

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

171st Commencement Exercise of Emory University: Monday, May 9, 2016; 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. on The Quadrangle.

School of Law Diploma Ceremony: Gambrell Hall Lawn (approximately 11:00 a.m., or immediately following the Emory Commencement Exercise). Family members are encouraged to arrive early to ensure parking and seating availability.

Law School Luncheon: Gambrell Hall, immediately following the Diploma Ceremony. 

Please be aware of the anticipated heat (potentially the hottest day since 1916) on Monday. Bring a large reusable water bottle to the university and law school events.

Hotels & Restaurants

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

Parking

Parking on the day of Commencement is always a challenge, so plan ahead. Visit the University website regarding campus parking »

Special Needs 

Students should submit a Special Needs Request (includes disability, impairments, or access issues) NO LATER THAN May 4. (For hearing impairment special needs, please complete this form.)

Note the Special Needs University Ticket Policy applies to the main ceremony as well as the law school ceremony: The main university will send one ticket per guest needing special seating, plus one additional ticket for someone to accompany that guest. 

Commencement Photography

A photographer will be taking pictures of the ceremony, which you will be able to purchase. Additionally, the photographer is available to take family photographs following the ceremony in the Student Commons area. After commencement, photos will be posted here: Aczel Photography

Hooders 

Hooding Instructions (Video) »

  • The attire for guest hooders is business; regalia is not required.
  • Guest hooders are invited to attend both the university ceremony as well as the law school ceremony. If guests plan to attend only the law school ceremony, we recommend that you arrive by 9:00 a.m. to ensure you can find parking and your designated seating prior to the beginning of the processional.
  • Please advise your hooder that only two seats will be reserved for the hooder and a guest in the name of the graduate in this reserved section; other family members will be seated in general seating.Deadline for submission is May 4.

Inclement Weather Plan 

The University determines if the Inclement Weather Plan will need to be put into effect. Additional information can be found on the University website under Inclement Weather » *Should we have to go to the Inclement Weather Plan, students will be limited to 2 guests. Additional information about tickets will be posted after May 1. 

Rain Plan Location: House of Hope at Greater Travelers Rest (4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034). This decision will be made by the university at 7 p.m. on Sunday night.Learn more >>

Things to do before Commencement

  • ABA-Required JD Graduate Survey (JD STUDENTS ONLY): Please plan to complete your graduate survey by Monday, April 18; it must be finalized before you can pick up your graduation regalia. For more information, contact the Career Center.
  • Financial Aid Exit Interview: Complete your exit loan interview online at https://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/.
  • Clearing Final Charges: To avoid a universityhold 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.

Pick-up & Return Regalia 

  • Pick up:BetweenApril 25 through May 6 you may pick up your regalia at the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore once you have completed your ABA-Required JD Graduate Survey (JD STUDENTS ONLY). (Regalia will not be distributed at the law school.)
  • Return: You may return your regalia to the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore anytime from May 9 until May 25. (Regalia will not be collected at the law school. Please refer to your order form for details on failure to return your regalia to Barnes & Noble in a timely manner.)

Hooders

Hooding Instructions (Video) »

  • The attire for guest hooders is business; regalia is not required.
  • Guest hooders are invited to attend both the university ceremony as well as the law school ceremony. If guests plan to attend only the law school ceremony, we recommend that you arrive by 9:00 a.m. to ensure you can find parking and your designated seating prior to the beginning of the processional.
  • We provide a special reserved section of the audience so each hooder can accompany the graduate to the stage. Two seats have been reserved for the hooder and a guest in the name of the graduate.

Diploma Pick-Up

Diplomas and other awards will be available for pick-up in Room 1E following the law school ceremony (JD graduates) and 1C (graduate program). If you are graduating in absentia, your diploma will be mailed to the address listed in OPUS.

Student Lockers

This is a gentle reminder to all students to please remove your belongings from your lockers and leave them unlocked after your last use. All lockers will be emptied out beginning the week of May 23, 2016. Please note the following: 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 and provide your name and locker number. The deadline is May 20, to keep us from emptying your locker. For returning students, we will be sending instructions for locker access in Fall.