Graduation/Commencement Overview

graduating students

On behalf of Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law
Anthony E. Varona,
and the University of Miami School of Law,
congratulations to our 2020 Spring graduates!

 

Commencement Program

 

Celebratory Video from Dean Varona, Faculty and Staff

Music for the Class of 2020 Commencement Video include the following selections: Creative Minds, Once Again, Inspire and Photo Album. Musical selections composed by Benjamin Tissot (also known as Bensound) and available at: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music.

 

UPDATE: SPRING COMMENCEMENT 2020

Following public health mandates as a result of COVID-19, the May 2020 Law School Commencement has been postponed until Friday, December 18th, 2020. Time has yet to be determined.

Please note, Fall 2020 candidates will still have their own ceremony as previously scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Law students who plan to attend the December ceremony

  • If you plan to attend the ceremony in December, you do not need to order your cap and gown now.
  • Cap and gown will be provided to you free of charge in December at cap and gown distribution and on ceremony days.
  • Please be sure to complete the RSVP form that will be emailed to you in Fall 2020.

Law students who will not be able to attend the postponed ceremony in December

  • Students with a status of "Applied to Graduate" or who completed the May 2020 manual form and are not able to attend the December ceremony, have the option to ship their cap and gown directly to their home. Diploma covers will be included.
  • Students who choose this option are only responsible for the shipping fee.

Law students who plan to attend the December ceremony but would like to order their cap and gown now

  • Students who plan to attend the ceremony in December and choose this option must keep their cap and gown and bring it with them to wear at the ceremony in December and will still be required to complete the RSVP form which will be emailed in the fall.
  • Students with a status of "Applied to Graduate" or who completed the May 2020 manual form have the option to ship their cap and gown directly to their home. Diploma covers will be included.
  • Students who choose this option are only responsible for the shipping fee.


Degree and Diploma

You will still earn your degree and be considered a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law upon completion of your academic requirements, regardless of whether or not you are able to attend your ceremony in December.

Diplomas are issued by the Office of the Registrar upon successful completion of your degree requirements.

 

Cap and Gown, and Diploma Covers

Order deadline for all law students is May 18, 2020. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. For assistance in returning/exchanging regalia that was ordered incorrectly please contact Herff Jones Customer Service at 1-800-837-4235 with your CPA order number.

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STUDENT SPEAKER

 

In order to select the Student Speaker at Commencement each year, a committee of nine students, a faculty member, and an administrator is formed to solicit speeches each spring from members of the graduating class. Members of the Class of 2020 submitted draft speeches to the committee and were selected as finalists.

 

After the committee heard the finalists, Meredith Shea was selected as the Student Speaker for the Spring 2020 Commencement. Meredith’s student address will be heard at the rescheduled Commencement Ceremony in December.

 

Additional Commencement Information

J.D. Graduation Requirements
LL.M. Graduation Requirements
Graduation Checklist