Graduation/Commencement Overview

graduating students

Commencement is a special time of year to celebrate you and all of your wonderful accomplishments as a University of Miami School of Law student.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!




All Fall 2020 candidates are required to submit the application for graduation via CaneLink by October 8 to guarantee that your name will appear in the program book, to order cap and gown, and to participate in the commencement ceremony.

If you are planning to complete your degree requirements by December 2020, you will be provided with a Graduation Checklist. It is imperative that you read it carefully and adhere to all the deadlines given therein.

Mark your calendar for the following important events:

  • Application deadline for December 2020 graduation is October 8
  • Mandatory meeting on Wednesday, October 21 about Commencement
  • Exit interview with the Career Development Office
  • Sessions regarding financial aid issues and Bar Exam preparation
  • Commencement ceremony on December 11


Revised date

The December Commencement is scheduled now for the morning of Friday, December 11th, 2020. The Law School is hosting one ceremony for all graduates (spring, summer and fall 2020). The venue and time is still to be determined. 

Ceremony details

In addition to revised dates, we are exploring alternate venue locations—both on and off campus—to comply with physical distancing and other public health guidelines. Likewise, we expect to institute a guest ticket policy, limiting the number of guests a student can invite.

We understand that some of you may face personal or family-related health concerns, international travel restrictions, an insufficient number of guest tickets, or other challenges that do not permit you or your loved ones to join us in person this December. For those graduates and loved ones unable to attend in person, live streams of all ceremonies will be available.

More information regarding ceremony times, location, and guest tickets will be available in the coming weeks. Therefore, we strongly encourage you and your loved ones to avoid making non-refundable travel arrangements until we have confirmed these details and communicated them with you.


Cap and gown

All students must have their cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. After registering for graduation in CaneLink, a link will be provided to you for the website where you can order your cap and gown. Your cap and gown will be delivered directly to you, and you are only responsible for the shipping fee. The deadline to order is October 8, 2020.



End of Year Messages to the Graduates

Ceremony Schedule

Following guidance from state and federal agencies to suspend large events and promote social distancing due to COVID-19, the May 2020 law commencement ceremony was postponed until December 2020. The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 11 (Time TBA).

Cap and Gown

The deadline to order cap and gown is October 8, 2020..

RSVP form

All spring/summer 2020 graduates are required to complete the RSVP form to indicate whether or not you plan to attend your ceremony. The form is now open and the deadline to RSVP is October 8.


For more information on Commencement at the University of Miami, visit


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