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Emory Law congratulates the Class of 2018


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

173rd Commencement Exercise of Emory University: Monday, May 14, 2018; 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.

Additional Honors

The following Honors lists reflect achievements as of May 22, 2017. 

Kaitlyn Barnes

Jennifer Robyn Black

Eliza Carmen

Ramya Lakshmi Challappa

Brandon Ross Cohen

KC G. Covington

Maria Grigoryeva

Anastasia Alexsandrovna Holley

Emily C. Labutta

Ruo Liu

Johanna F. Margeson

Amanda Helene Quiles

Sergio Andres Covaleda Ramon

Kaytie A. Tobias

Ayana M. Wilson

Arlette D. Woguem

Molly L. Wooldridge

Hurshidbek Yusupov

Stefania Alessi

Kurtis George Anderson

Rubinder Kaur Bal

Won-Joon Chung

Cassandra Elizabeth Lynn Coolidge

Gregory Vincent D’Agincourt

Seena Forouzan

Josiah Bradford Garton

Brian F. Gillespie

Shelby L. Hancock

Molly Babb Haren

Catherine Klein

Emily C. Labutta

Jin Hyung Lee

David Li

Shaila Shamsuddin Manjiyani

Nathan A. Mendelsohn

Douglas Reid Morelli

Bethany R. Nelson

Nathan I. North

Micah Gabriel Rappazzo

Jeffrey Michael Schacknow

Amanda R. Schwarzenbart

Richard Frank Walker

Caryn Elise Wang

Hampton M. Watson

Brian S. Wilson

Ariel Brianna Winawer

Nora Nuole Xu

Tayler Bolton

Gregory Vincent D’Agincourt

Jacob R. Dean

Nicole Adalaide Griffin

Shelby L. Hancock

Robert J. Jumbeck

Jin Hyung Lee

Bethany R. Nelson

Dion Jared Robbins

Amanda R. Schwarzenbart

Hampton M. Watson

Kaylynn Danielle Webb

Hannah Yardley

Co-Chairs: Prasad Hurra 17L and Marcus Aldious Sandifer 16L 

Class of 2017

Tayler Bolton

Alexander Charles Cohen

Cassandra Elizabeth Lynn Coolidge

Nicole Adalaide Griffin

Nan Ma

Nadia Malcolm

Nida Massala

Johanna F. Margeson

Karen Ashley Phillips

Keisha T Russell

Bradley A. Verona

Kaylynn Danielle Webb


Faculty, Staff, and Friends

Professor Frank S Alexander

Susan A. Clark

Beth L. Damon

Professor Martha Albertson Fineman

Reuben Guttman

Jones Day LLP

Aaron Ross Metviner

Gabrielle Mercadante

Professor Michael J. Perry and Sarah O’Leary

Professor Polly J. Price

Atieno Mboya Samandari

Dean Robert A. Schapiro and Dr. Lillian Schapiro

Professor Sarah Shalf

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 9, 2018, through February 9, 2018.
  • Be sure to check the degree information display carefully as you apply to ensure your diploma will be ordered correctly. Double-check the following:
    • Is your name 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, 2018.
    • Are you applying for the degree you think you are? Verify this information. 

    • Is your major listed correctly?
  • An application received after the deadline for the term must be accompanied by a $25.00 late application fee, which is paid to the main university’s Registrar Office. 

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 

  • To participate in commencement, you must rent regalia online. Ordering begins February 12, 2018 to March 22, 2018.
  • Beginning February 12, 2018 all students can order regalia online at The deadline to order regalia is March 21, 2018. Students can start picking up rented regalia at the Emory University Barnes & Noble bookstore on April 18, 2018 to May 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Rented regalia must be returned May 15, to May 18, 2018 to the Emory University Barnes & Noble bookstore. Please note JD graduates must complete the ABA Required JD Graduate Survey before picking up their cap and gown.
  • The School of Law will host a Grad Fair in Hunter Atrium on Monday, February 12, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You will have the opportunity to order regalia, take cap & gown photos with Grad Images, order grad announcements, and more.

    Schedule of Events

    • Barnes & Noble will be available to help students order cap and gowns online.
    • GradImages will provide cap and gown photography.
    • Framing Success will be available for diploma frames.
    • Herff Jones will be the vendor for class rings and announcements.
  • Emory Barnes & Noble will also host a Grad Fair on February 21 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.
  • Be certain you order the correct regalia for your degree type. Not all School of Law graduates wear the same type of regalia. 

Financial Aid Exit Interview

Complete your exit loan interview online »

Clearing 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.

Hooder Information

  • You will receive an email in March
  • Submit a Request for Hooder or Faculty Hooder. JD students only.
  • Hooders are required to be JD graduates.
  • Guest hooders should dress in business attire; regalia is not required.
  • Guest hooders are invited to attend both the university ceremony AND the law school ceremony. If guests plan to attend only the law school ceremony, we recommend that they arrive by 9:00 a.m. to ensure they can find parking and their 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 (one for the hooder and one for a guest) in the name of the graduate.
  • Deadline for hooder name submission is April 30, 2018. 


  • In March, you will receive an email regarding how to correctly pronounce your name.
  • Please submit information to help us correctly pronounce your name during the Diploma Ceremony.
  • Deadline for submission is April 30, 2018.

Special Needs Seating for Guests

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.

Request to graduate in absentia from Emory Law

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

  • Between April 17, 2018, to May 5, 2018, you may pick up your regalia at the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
  • You may return your regalia to the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore anytime from May 9 until May 12 (Please refer to your order form for details on failure to return your regalia to Barnes & Noble in a timely manner.)

Line-Up For All School Commencement Ceremony

  • Attendance at the Commencement ceremony on the Quadrangle is required. There is no rehearsal for the Commencement ceremony on the Quadrangle. If you are unable to attend, you must get approval from the School of Law’s Registrar’s Office.
  • Graduates assemble in cap and gown no later than 8:00 am at locations designated by each school for the University Commencement. Visit the University’s website in late April (or subscribe to the Twitteralerts for advance notice) for a map of line-up locations. Graduates should be prompt in order to give the marshals time to arrange the lines accordingly. The procession begins at 9:00 a.m. sharp. The Quadrangle ceremony lasts approximately one hour and thirty minutes.

Line-Up For Law School Commencement Ceremony

Immediately after the all schools central Ceremony, graduates must go directly to the third door of the law school and find their assigned seat in Tull Auditorium or Hunter Atrium. Emory Law Diploma Ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the Gambrell Hall Lawn (faces North Decatur Road). The event usually runs two hours, but that duration is not guaranteed. Immediately following the Diploma Ceremony all guests are invited to a reception where light food and refreshments will be offered.


  • 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.
  • Deadline to update your address is May 10, 2018

Student Lockers

  • This is a 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 28, 2018.
  • 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 25, 2018, to keep us from emptying your locker.
  • For returning students, the Operations Department will be sending instructions for locker access in the Fall.

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. Visit the University website regarding campus parking »

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.

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 » 

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.