Law School Commencement 2015

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location: Meany Hall

LL.M. & Ph.D. Ceremony:

Students report to the Studio Theater, Garden Level by 11:15am.
Lobby Doors open for guest seating at 11:15 a.m.
Procession begins at Noon

J.D. Ceremony:

Students report to the Studio Theater, Garden Level by 2:15pm.
Lobby Doors open for guest seating at 2:15 p.m.
Procession begins at 3:30 p.m.


General Information

Satellite viewing at William H. Gates Hall, in the courtrooms, of the live commencement ceremony will be available with light refreshments served. This casual setting is a great option for families, those with mobility concerns, anyone who may want more time flexibility or space to get up and move around. The viewing at Gates Hall will open one hour before each procession begins.

Family and friends around the world who cannot be present in Seattle can still watch you walk across the stage! Both the LL.M. & Ph.D. ceremony and the J.D. ceremony will be live-streamed online from Meany Hall to be viewed around the world. A link for the live-stream will be emailed to all candidates in the coming month.

Immediately following the final commencement ceremony, all graduates, families and guests are invited to join Dean Testy and faculty of UW Law for a reception on the terrace of Gates Hall. The reception will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and other beverages will be served. No RSVP is necessary to attend the reception.

J.D., LL.M. & Ph.D. Ticket Distribution Details

Each eligible candidate will receive up to 6 (six) tickets to the graduation ceremony. A ticket is required for each individual seated in the audience. Your tickets should be placed in a secure place because . All candidates will be seated on stage and do not require a ticket.

TICKET DISTRIBUTION WILL BE HANDLED BY ACADEMIC SERVICES, FROM 9:00AM to 4:30PM DAILY.

Distribution begins at 9:00am on April 22. Please pick up tickets by 4:30pm on May 6.

J.D. Candidates

Tickets will be released to eligible J.D. candidates only after:

  1. the J.D. Graduation Application has been submitted to Academic Services.;
    AND
  2. the J.D. Employment Survey has been submitted to CPLD.

LL.M. & Ph.D. Candidates

Tickets will be released to eligible LL.M. and Ph.D. candidates only after the candidate has indicated his or her intent to graduate to his or her Graduate Program Coordinator, and that information has been sent to Academic Services.

Request for Additional Tickets and Extra Tickets

If you do not need six tickets, please leave the extra tickets with Academic Services. If you pick up six tickets and then determine that you have extra tickets you are encouraged to return them to Academic Services for redistribution. Redistribution will occur between Thursday, May 7 – Thursday, May 21.

Disability Accommodations

If you or any of your guests needs disability accommodations, please complete the Disability Accommodations for Graduation Form. Please note: Meany Hall is accessible. Parking is available under the theatre for $14. All guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony. Pontus Niklasson, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, will contact those individuals submitting requests with special instructions for the day of the ceremony.

Cap & Gown Orders & Distribution

Graduates must order their cap and gown online from Oak Hill. The site is open from May 6 to May 24. See https://www.washington.edu/graduation/registration/.
  • J.D. candidates should order the "Professional Set,” the traditional black doctoral gown & mortarboard, degree-colored hood, old gold tassel.
  • LL.M. candidates should order the Black Master gown & mortarboard, black tassel, degree-colored hood.
  • Ph.D. candidates may order the traditional black doctoral gown or the Purple gown and tam, gold tassel, Ph.D. hood. See http://www.washington.edu/graduation/cap-and-gown/#profess

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