Welcome, family and friends. Congratulations to the Class of 2017.
This page contains information specific to UMass Law's Commencement and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Official graduation dates
For purposes of bar applications and any other time when your official graduation date is required, if you complete the program in:
- January - Your official graduation date is January 31
- May - Your official graduation date is May 15
- Summer - Your official graduation date is August 31
Here are the steps you need to take before graduation day. Additional information will be sent via your UMassD email account; check it regularly.
You must apply online for graduation. If you have yet to submit your application, please do so promptly.
Caps & gowns
You must order your caps and gowns online. You will then be able to pick up your cap, gown, and commencement tickets at the Law School (Dean of Students Office) beginning Wednesday, May 4. All financial obligations must be met before picking up your cap and gown.
Bar Certificates are prepared by the Law Enrollment Center for the Dean’s signature. Students who plan to sit for the July bar examination must submit their request for a certificate to the LEC by April 30. These forms require degree certification by the LEC and cannot be mailed until after graduation.
Students who plan to sit for the Massachusetts bar examination may obtain information from the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners.
Financial aid exit interview
Federal regulations regarding your Subsidized, Unsubsidized and Grad Plus loans require that you complete exit counseling upon graduation. You will receive instructions and information about on line, group and individual sessions from the Law School Financial Aid Office as graduation nears.
Bar loan information
Private loans to cover the cost of a commercial bar preparation course and living expenses during the period immediately after graduation are available. For more information about obtaining a bar loan, contact Financial Aid.
The Pro Bono Requirement requires all students enrolled since August 2010 to complete at least 30 hours of pre-approved pro bono work between the completion of the first year curriculum and the end of the third month of the student’s last semester of law school and to submit a signed and completed Pro Bono Requirement Hour Log Form (PDF) to the Career Services Office for verification.
All graduating students need to schedule a “Post-Graduation Planning Appointment” to have your resume and cover letter reviewed and to discuss post-graduation career plans and strategies for obtaining your professional goals.
All graduating students should complete the Graduation Placement Survey:
Welcome into the UMass Law Alumni Family! Remember, you will always be a member of the UMass Law Alumni Association.
Once you graduate, make sure you stay up to date:
Stay in touch! If you move or change your email address, let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org).
As an alum, you are able to keep your UMassD email address; you'll be asked to renew your address every year.