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Roadmap to Graduation

Spring 2020 Graduation

Join us on May 11 for an interactive address from our 2020 Commencement speaker, Bryan Stevenson, acclaimed human rights lawyer, activist, founder, and executive director of the Montgomery, Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative. Learn more about Commencement 2020.

Class of 2020: Please complete the ABA-required Graduate Survey.

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. 

MCL students are invited to attend May commencement and to march before completing your degree requirements. If you would like to participate in commencement, please submit this form by March 4.


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 guest hooder information (for JD students only)

Only JD students are hooded during the law school’s Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony. Many choose to be hooded by the faculty member voted Most Outstanding Professor. You may request a guest hooder, as long as the hooder holds a JD or LL.B degree.

  • Complete the Hooding Request Form to request a guest hooder. If you would like a faculty member to hood you, complete this form. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 20.
  • We will provide a reserved seating section so that each hooder can easily access the stage, or hooders can choose to sit in the bleachers. Please advise your guest hooder that only two seats will be available in the reserved section, one for the hooder and one for the hooder’s guest.
  • Guest hooders should dress in business attire; regalia is not required.
  • We recommend that guest hooders arrive by 4:15 p.m. to ensure they can find parking and their designated seating prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Hooder names will not be read, but their information is required for verification purposes. We will provide a briefing to you and your hooder in advance via email.
  • Detailed information about the hooding process will be provided closer to graduation.

Submit name pronunciation via NameCoach  

This year we are using the NameCoach program to help us pronounce your name correctly during the Recognition Ceremony. NameCoach is an online software that will allow you to record the pronunciation of your name, using either a computer or cellphone. 

If you have not yet recorded the correct pronunciation of your name through NameCoach, please look for a separate email which will be sent to you with instructions on how to use the program to record your name. If you have already recorded the correct pronunciation of your name, you will receive an email asking you to review the recording.

Submit accommodated seating request

Accommodated seating requests (includes disability, impairments, or access issues) must be made in advance for both the University Commencement Ceremony and the law school’s Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony. Please check with your guests to determine if accommodated seating is needed; it MUST be pre-arranged. You must submit forms for EACH ceremony; as they are administered differently. All requests must be submitted by Friday, May 1.

  • To submit an accommodated seating request for the Emory University Commencement Ceremony, please use this form.
  • To submit an accommodated seating request for the law school’s Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony, please use this form.
  • All accommodated guests will get one additional seat for someone to accompany them. If a guest’s or the


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. 

All graduating students and their guests are invited to the Emory University Commencement Ceremony on the Quadrangle, which will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. The University Commencement Ceremony features full academic regalia; a keynote address by lawyer and human rights activist Bryan Stevenson, writer of the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption; honorary degree presentations; the president’s address to the graduating class; and the formal group conferral of all student degrees earned.

Law school degree candidates who wish to participate in the Emory University Commencement Ceremony MUST register in advance here in order to reserve a place in the march and a seat on the Quadrangle. This is a two-step registration and verification system. You will be contacted by email to confirm your registration one week prior to Commencement. 

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.