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.

Details:

  • Ceremony: Macky Auditorium at 11:30 a.m.; graduates should assemble 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 from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Commencement checklist for prospective JD graduates:

1) View Graduation Requirements

2) Apply for Graduation

3) Order Regalia (to be paid for by the Law School) through the Student Regalia Registration website by Monday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m.  Regalia is required to walk at commencement; if it is not ordered by March 2, it can be rented at the Balch Fieldhouse the week of graduation with cash.

4) RSVP for any events you will attend. 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.

Please Note: Legacy cords are available to graduates whose family members attended CU. Students can reserve them online and pick them up at the Koenig Alumni Center the week of commencement (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).

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 starting at 10:15 a.m.. 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

Questions: Contact Kristine Hunerwadel

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."