Commencement

The law school's annual commencement ceremony takes place in May each year. It is open to December, May, and August graduates. The next law commencement ceremony will be on May 9, 2015.

Tentative Details:

  • Ceremony: Macky Auditorium at 11:30 a.m.; graduates should start arriving at Macky at 10:30 a.m.; everyone welcome to attend; the ceremony usually lasts until 1:15 p.m.; buses will be available to transport guests from the law school to Macky
  • Procession to the law school: after the ceremony; buses will be available to transport guests from Macky to the law school
  • Reception: Wolf Law Courtyard in the afternoon

Commencement checklist for prospective JD graduates:

1) View Graduation Requirements

2) Apply for Graduation

3) Order Regalia: A representative from Willsie Cap and Gown will be at the law school in March to collect regalia sizes and payment.

4) RSVP for any events you will attend (an RSVP link will be emailed to you in the spring). Include the names of your guests (you may bring nine, plus attending yourself) for the reception. You need not RSVP for attendees younger than three years of age. 

5) If your name has a unique pronunciation, submit the correct pronunciation on the RSVP link above or email law.studentaffairs@colorado.edu.

Please Note: Legacy cords are available to graduates whose family members attended CU. To obtain a legacy cord, please go to the Heritage Center (open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) on the third floor of Old Main.

Additional Information/FAQS:

Tickets: Tickets will not be issued for this event. There will be a guest list generated from your RSVPs for the reception at Wolf Law. All are welcome at Macky Auditorium for the Commencement ceremony.

ADA Seating at Macky: Please note on your RSVP if you, or your guest, will need ADA seating at the ceremony. Please designate the number of guests that will be sitting with your ADA guest, so we can reserve an area for the group.

Attire: Most graduates choose to wear coat and tie, dress, or some equivalent thereof. Wear shoes that will be comfortable for the one-mile procession and for standing on grass. May weather is unpredictable, so you may want to bring an umbrella.  

Food: Drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception. Please bring your ID if you plan on drinking alcohol.

Water: Please remember to keep hydrated during the event and remind your guests (especially those from out of town!). Multiple water stations will be provided at the reception, and water bottles will be permitted at Macky.

Parking: Parking is free at Wolf Law, however space is limited so you may want to consider carpooling. Guests are encouraged to take the bus transportation provided from Wolf Law to Macky Auditorium. ADA parking is available at Macky Auditorium, and make sure to have your ADA Parking Placard. Spaces are limited.

RSVP Substitutions: Please send guest substitutions/additions/cancellations to law.studentaffairs@colorado.edu

2014 Commencement Photos: 

Photos from the May 2014 commencement ceremony can be ordered from Perfect Image Photography at www.donnbruns.com. Click on "Sessions," enter the following ID: "CULAW2014" (case sensitive), and click on "Submit."