Welcome, family and friends. Congratulations to the Class of 2020.
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 11
- Summer - Your official graduation date is August 31
You must apply online for graduation. If you have yet to submit your application, please do so promptly.
Caps & gowns
To order your cap and gown, please complete the Student Regalia Order Form. Your cap and gown will be mailed to you. We ask that you please hold on to your cap and gown and bring it back to campus for your October 9, 2020 Commencement Ceremony.
Here are the steps you need to take before graduation day. Additional information will be sent via your UMassD email account; check it regularly.
- Graduation Checklist 2020 (PDF)
- Information for families & friends: to be announced
- General information: UMassD's Commencement ceremonies
- Commencement FAQs
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.
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.
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.