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Spring 2021 Graduation

The law school’s Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), Building C. Information regarding commencement can also be found on the Emory University Commencement webpage, which also includes hotel information around Emory and the GWCC.

The doors to Building C will open at 2:30 p.m.; you will not be admitted to the building earlier. All guests are required to wear masks inside the GWCC. Food and drinks are not permitted.

Address and Parking

  • The address for Building C is 325 Northside Drive, NW. Our assigned lot for parking is theYellow Lot,which is located at 465 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW.View the parking map here.
  • Parking at GWCC is free, but you must reserve your space/s in advance here.
  • The Yellow Lot will open two hours before the law school’s ceremony start time. To assist accommodated guests, the Georgia World Congress Center will have a shuttle available from the Yellow Lot to Building C. You may also drop off your accommodated guest at the entrance before parking your vehicle. Please note, the GWCC will not have wheelchairs available for accommodated guests.
  • You may wish to take an Uber or Lyft to the GWCC; the drop off location is at the entrance of Building C. 

Viewing ceremony online

Graduating students participating online, as well as additional family and friends, will be able to share in the activities via live webcast on the Emory University School of Law Diploma Ceremony webpage here. The webpage will be accessible starting Thursday, May 13.

Wearing regalia / your hood

Click here to view a short instructional video regarding how to wear your hood.

Check-in process for C-2 entrance doors.

  • Signage will be posted for graduate and guest entry to the building.
  • Please have your GradPass and all guest tickets ready to be scanned. You may print your GradPass and guest tickets or save them on your smart phone device.
  • After entering the lobby, students and guests will separate into different lines for entry to Room C-2. Signs will be posted.
  • The GWCC has eliminated COVID screening upon entry.

Seating

  • GWCC event staff will direct everyone to their seat; saving seats will not be permitted. All seats will be six feet apart to follow COVID protocols.
  • Graduates will be directed to a special section at the front. You will be seated as you arrive, not alphabetically.
  • All guests and students should remain in their seats before the ceremony begins to follow COVID protocols.
  • Restrooms will be available in the ceremony space.

Recognition of Graduates / Photography

After your degrees are conferred, each graduate’s name and degree will be said aloud, starting with virtual student participants.

  • For those students participating in-person, law staff will signal when your row should stand to ascend the ramp. Please have your GradPass pulled up on your phone or printed out and ready to be scanned.
  • As you ascend the ramp, each student will take a diploma cover and scan their GradPass. You will pause for a photo when you reach the middle of the ramp, removing your mask for a quick photo. Please replace it immediately after your picture is taken.
  • You will then move to a secondary location to take a posed cap & gown photo with a backdrop, then return to your seat. If a student does not want to do a posed photo; they can return directly to their seat. 

GradImages is the official photographer for the diploma ceremony. They will contact students via your Emory email address approximately one week following the ceremony, when photos are available for preview and purchase. If you do not receive the email, please go to gradimages.com and click “Find My Photos.”

Exiting

The ceremony will conclude after the singing of the Alma Mater. All students and guests should remain seated until GWCC staff dismisses your row. Please plan to meet your guests outside the building following the ceremony.

Class of 2021 Graduation Gift Giveaway

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Gambrell Hall Parking Lot
Friday, May 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Gambrell Hall Parking Lot

The Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement welcomes you to the alumni community with a small gift and a few surprise treats. Please make time to drive thru the Gambrell Hall parking lot to pick up your goodies. Graduates unable to attend will the option of ordering their free gift through the online store after May 15.

Graduation Checklist

  • Complete the Financial Aid Exit Interview: Submit 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 found on your Student Center page in OPUS.