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2021 UMass Law Commencement

Commencement for Law Class of 2020 and 2021

As we’ve learned countless times over the past year, things change quickly. Commencement went virtual. Then conditions improved so we could celebrate on campus with limited capacity. With Governor Baker’s recent announcement that statewide COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on May 29, UMass Dartmouth will be able to hold larger Commencement ceremonies and host up to 6 guests for each graduating student. We are excited to welcome more of your friends and family to cheer you on as you cross the stage.

We have moved the starting time of the combined Law Ceremony. Now, Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 UMass Law students will celebrate on Friday, June 11 at 9 a.m. on the Cressy Football Field at the Main Campus. Everyone at UMassD is excited to have you back on campus to honor your success!

Ceremony Schedule (Timing Approximate):

  • 8 a.m. – Graduate & Guest arrival
  • 9 a.m. – Ceremony begins
  • 10:30 a.m. – Ceremony ends

Though health and safety protocols will have changed, since this will be a large gathering, we encourage everyone to wear a mask - especially if you are not vaccinated.

For the Class of 2020, you should have received your regalia during the Summer of 2020. For the Class of 2021, you have likely already received your regalia. For those that need assistance please contact Terry Silvia at terry.silvia@umassd.edu or 508.999.8190.

Please note that each graduate will be able to bring a maximum of six guests to attend the ceremony in person. We will also livestream the ceremony so that other family and friends can watch. All Commencement Ceremonies will be held rain or shine.

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 17
  • Summer - Your official graduation date is August 31

Graduation application

You must apply online for graduation. If you have yet to submit your application, please‌ do so promptly.

Apply for graduation

Caps & gowns

Law Class of 2021: You can order your regalia here. Please know that you need to register for your regalia by February 20, 2021, to receive it in time for the virtual ceremony. All orders will receive a tracking email once the package has been sent.

Law Class of 2020: You should have you received your Commencement regalia during the Summer of 2020 and do not have to reorder. If have not received your regalia, please contact commencement.info@umassd.edu.

Commencement checklist 

Here are the steps you need to take before graduation day. Additional information will‌ ‌be sent via your UMassD email account; check it regularly.

Bar certification

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. 

We will post information about the July 2021 bar exam when it becomes available following the February bar exam.

More information: bar admissions

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.

Career Services

All graduating students should schedule a Post-Graduation Planning Appointment and complete the Graduation Placement Survey. Request a counseling appointment can be found under shortcuts on the right side of the Simplicity homepage. 

Alumni Association

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: alumni@umassd.edu).

As an alum, you are able to keep your UMassD email address; you'll be asked to renew your address every year.