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Congratulations to the UMass Law Class of 2021.

This page contains information specific to UMass Law's 2021 Commencement and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Schedule

Law Class of 2021: UMass Law will hold a virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 17, 2021. Later this spring we will provide you with more details about the virtual ceremony. Though the current conditions of the pandemic have made in-person events not feasible, UMass Law remains committed to an in-person Class of 2021 celebration. As we continue to monitor the pandemic and the vaccination rollout, we will be in contact to let you know all the details, but we look forward to you getting the party you deserve.

Law Class of 2020: The current conditions of the pandemic have made in-person events not feasible, but UMass Law remains committed to an on-campus Commencement Ceremony. As we continue to monitor the pandemic and the vaccination rollout, we will be in contact to let you know all the details. We look forward to you returning to campus and getting the ceremony you deserve. If you would like to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 17, 2021, instead of the in-person ceremony, please fill out this brief survey by February 20, 2021, to let us know if you will be joining us virtually.

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.