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2021 UMass Law Commencement

Commencement for UMass Law Class of 2022

We are proud to announce that the UMass Law Class of 2022 Commencement will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022. Details regarding the Commencement schedule, ordering regalia, and guests will be forthcoming. We look forward to celebrating your success! 

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

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:

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