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Spring 2022 Graduation

The law school’s Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. in Woodruff PE Center, which is located on campus at 26 Eagle Row. Information regarding commencement can also be found on the Emory University Commencement webpage. 

Graduation Checklist

  • Apply to Graduate: If you missed the February deadline, complete paper form and email to immediately. 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.
  • Check your name in OPUS: Is your name spelled correctly in OPUS? Have you noted your preferred name? How your preferred name appears in OPUS is how it will be listed on the Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony booklet. The name change deadline was Monday, February 28.
  • Complete Graduate Employment Survey (JD students only): You must complete the ABA-required survey in Symplicity before you can register for the ceremony.
  • Order Regalia Now:
    • Students must have regalia to participate in the law school's Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony. The deadline to order regalia was March 14, 2022. Pickup begins April 18, 2022.
    • JD, SJD, LLM Graduates:
      • Rental Option:
        • Ship to Emory University Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Students will pay at the time of pick up. Students will need to bring their rented regalia back to the Emory University Barnes & Noble Bookstore. 
        • Doctoral Rental Package
      • Purchase Online: Visit and order as soon as possible.
        • **LLM graduates should be careful to select the JD/SJD/LLM attire only. Their attire is different from the JM graduates, so LLM grads should not select the Master of Law bundle, as that is only for JM.
      • Purchases In Store: Custom orders can be placed in store, should assistance with measurements be needed. However, the website is the preferred method for purchasing JD/SJD/LLM attire.
    • JM Graduates:
      • Purchase Online: Visit and order as soon as possible.
        • Ship to Emory University Barnes & Noble Bookstore or Ship to home.
        • Complete Sets - Master of Law (JM) selection
          • **JM regalia is under the “Master Package” category. ​
      • Purchase In Store: Students can visit the bookstore as of February 25, 2022, to purchase JM regalia in person.
  • Attend a graduate fair: Graduate fairs offer the opportunity to order regalia, announcements, rings, and frames, and take cap and gown photography (regalia provided).
    • Emory Law hosted graduate fairs on the following days in Hunter Atrium:
      • Monday, February 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, February 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Emory Barnes & Noble hosted a graduate fair on Friday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the bookstore.
  • Deadline to order Regalia: March 14, 2022
  • ABA-required Graduate Employment Survey: Complete the survey on Symplicity.
    • For JD students only.
  • 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.
  • Register for the School of Law Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony: We anticipate being able to open registration, including the number of guest tickets, for Emory Law’s Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony by Friday, March 18.
    • Register by Thursday, April 8, whether you participate virtually or in person; include a photo when you register. Detailed instructions will be sent from and/or Please check your junk mailbox!
  • Register for the Emory University Commencement Quadrangle Ceremony: All graduating students were sent an email from University Events regarding how to register to attend the Emory University Ceremony on the Quadrangle on Monday, May 9, at 8:30 a.m. Please note that the deadline to register for that ceremony is March 25, 2022. If you did not receive that information, please let us know at
  • Submit accommodated seating requests: This form is used to request special seating-area tickets for family members and friends with mobility concerns or other conditions.
  • 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.
  • Use the Degree Tracker: Degree Tracker, as the name indicates, is a degree tracking tool that students can access online 24/7 through their OPUS account via the Academic Progress tile. Among several of its benefits, the Degree Tracker tool enables students to:
    • Review specific requirements and criteria for their degree or certificate track they are pursuing
    • Track their degree progress and project graduation as they enroll from one semester to another
    • Ensure their classes are fulfilling intended requirements and facilitate advisement
    • Explore various areas of study using the "What-If Simulation" function to find a suitable path or evaluate an alternative track
  • Request to march before completing degree requirements: If you will not complete your degree requirements until Summer 2022 or Fall 2022, but would like to participate in the Law School Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony with the Spring 2022 cohort, please complete the form found here.
  • Pick up regalia: Regalia pick-up begins April 18, 2022.