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Roadmap to Graduation

Spring 2020 Graduation

The Emory Law Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Woodruff P.E. Center. The University Commencement Exercises will be held on Monday morning, May 11, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. Visit the Emory Commencement website for more information.

Below is a helpful month-to-month check list to get you ready for graduation. 


Apply for Graduation

All schools at Emory University participate in online graduation application submissions. Students must apply for graduation via your OPUS account online by Friday, February 7. Please confirm 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 Friday, February 28.
  • 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. 

Dual degree students 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 must be submitted to the other school. Online and/or paper degree applications are due to both schools by the application deadline of February 7.

Students who miss the February 7 deadline must complete a late degree application. An application received after the deadline must be accompanied by a $25 late application fee with a check payable to the main university’s Registrar Office located at 200 Dowman Drive, Boisfeuillet Jones, Center, Rm. 100. The Law Registrar cannot accept any payments. 

Please understand that eligibility to apply for graduation does not necessarily mean you have met all graduation requirements for your degree program. 


Order Regalia 

You must have regalia to participate in the law school’s recognition ceremony and University commencement exercises. 

JD, LLM, and SJD graduates can rent regalia at a graduate fair (dates listed below) or online hereuntil March 4. Be certain that you order the correct regalia for your degree type; regalia differs by degree type. Those who wish to purchase regalia may do so at a graduate fair or they can complete a Custom Regalia Purchase Form and email it in to Heather LaFleur at Barnes & Noble by March 4 (if you decide to purchase, be sure to allow time to clarify what you need/ascertain the price).

JM graduates must purchase regalia at a graduate fair (dates listed below) or online here until March 4. 

Regalia pick-up will be available at Emory’s Barnes & Noble bookstore starting on April 15, 2020. JD graduates must complete the ABA-required JD graduate survey before picking up their cap and gown.

Attend a graduate fair

Graduate fairs offers the opportunity to order regalia, announcements, rings, and frames, and take cap and gown photography (regalia provided). Emory Law will host graduate fairs on the following days in Hunter Atrium:

  • Monday, February 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emory Barnes & Noble will host graduate fairs on Wednesday, February 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for regalia pick-up. 


Complete graduation requirements

  • Complete 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, you must 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 a hooding request (JD candidates only) – details forthcoming.

Submit accommodated seating requests – details forthcoming.

Submit a request to graduate in absentia

Students who will not be able to attend graduation should submit this form to obtain permission from the Dean or her designee to graduate in absentia. In this case, the diploma will be mailed to the student’s permanent address listed in OPUS. 

Request to march before completing degree requirements

If you will not complete your degree requirements until summer 2020 or fall 2020 but would like to participate in the Law School Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony with the Spring 2020 cohort, please complete the form found here.

Complete your ABA-required graduate survey (JD students only) 

Graduating JD students will receive an email from the Career Center regarding this survey. You must complete your ABA-required graduate survey before you can pick up your graduation regalia.

Pick-up & return regalia

If you chose to have your regalia delivered to the Emory Barnes & Noble bookstore, it will be available for pick-up starting at a graduated fair which will be held on Wednesday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You may return regalia to the Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore anytime from May 12 to May 15. (Please refer to your order form for details on failure to return your regalia to Barnes & Noble in a timely manner.)


Attend Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony 

Emory University School of Law’s Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 10, 2020, at 5:00 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 3:45 p.m. The ceremony should conclude by 7 p.m., and you are expected to stay until the end. 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.

Information on line up, hooding, seating, and photography - details forthcoming

Attend the 175th Commencement Exercises of Emory University

The 175th Commencement Exerciseson the Quadrangle of Emory University will be held Monday, May 11, 2020, at 8:30 a.m., on the main Emory University campus. Details on student line up and accomodated seating for the ceremony will be forthcoming later this semester. Visit the Emory Commencement website for more information.

After Commencement

Clean out (or extend use of) student lockers

  • Please remove your belongings from your lockers and leave them unlocked after your last use before Monday, May 11. All contents will be disposed after this time.
  • You are welcome to keep your locker until after the bar exam if you plan to stay over the summer to study. You must contact Amish Mody at and provide your name and locker number by Monday, May 11 to keep your locker.

Receive diplomas

  • 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.