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Emory Law invites families, friends, and guests to join us Monday, May 11 as we celebrate the Class of 2015.


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

170th Commencement Exercise of Emory University: Monday, May 11, 2015; 7:15-9:15 a.m. on The Quadrangle.

School of Law Diploma Ceremony: Gambrell Hall Lawn (approximately 10:00 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. 

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 »

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 send an email to

Note the University Ticket Policy applies to the main ceremony as well as the law school ceremony: We will send one ticket per guest needing special seating, plus one additional ticket for someone to accompany that guest.  For example, if there are two members in your party who use a wheelchair, a total of four tickets will be sent (two for the wheelchair-dependent guests, and two additional seats).  If only one member of your party requires special seating, two tickets will be sent.  The remaining family members and friends will sit in the general-seating area; there is general seating directly adjacent to the special seating area.  Regretfully, we are not able to seat entire families in the special seating area so that we can accommodate as many guests with special needs as possible. 

Commencement Photography

Professional photographers will take photos after hooding (for JD students) and again when you receive your diploma (all students). They will also be available for formal family photos after the ceremony.

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.

Emory Commencement Exercise

Visit the Student Resources page for detailed information related to Commencement and graduation requirements » (log-in required)

Special Notes

Graduating in abstentia

Attendance at this ceremony is mandatory unless permission to graduate in abstentia has been submitted. Please send an email to that states why you will not be able to attend and the address where you would like your diploma mailed. The deadline is April 27 to make this request.

Order Regalia (and other items)

  • The deadline to order regalia was March 15. However, if you have not yet done so, please go to the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore and place your order as soon as possible. They cannot correct sizing on any orders placed after deadline.
  • Additional products (frames, class rings, invitations, etc.) are also available at the bookstore.

Pick-up & Return Regalia 

  • Regalia will not be distributed or returned at the law school.
  • Pick-up: Starting April 27, you may pick-up your regalia at the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore. 
  • Return: You may return your regalia to the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore anytime from May 11 until May 25. (Failure to return your regalia to Barnes & Noble by May 25 can result in being charged for the full cost of the regalia. For questions, please email


We provide a special reserved section of the audience so each hooder can accompany the graduate to the stage. Please advise your hooder that two seats have been reserved for the hooder and a guest in the name of the graduate. If you would like a friend or family member (who has a JD degree) to be with you when you are hooded, please complete the Hooding Request Form by April 13