UW Law School Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremony Options for December Graduates

  • UW Winter Commencement Ceremony (December)
  • Law School Hooding Ceremony (May)
  • UW Spring Commencement Ceremony (May)

December 2016 Commencement Ceremony & Reception

Sunday, December 18, 2016. 10:00 a.m. at the Kohl Center

The commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center is for all UW December degree candidates. A reception for Law School graduates will be held immediately following the ceremony at the Kellner Club in the Kohl Center. All graduates, family and friends are invited. Details and registration for this event can be found here.  

Additional information on the December Commencement Ceremony can be found here.

May 2017 Commencement

End of the Year Open House Celebration

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 4-6 p.m.
Atrium, UW Law School

Join Dean Margaret Raymond, along with the faculty, staff and your fellow law students, to celebrate our 2017 graduates! The Open House is a wonderful opportunity to connect with a favorite professor, pick up your Pro Bono graduation cord, and celebrate with friends and family.

UW Law School Hooding Ceremony and Reception

Friday, May 12, 2017, 1 p.m.
Monona Terrace Conference and Community Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison

The annual hooding celebration is a special recognition ceremony for students receiving law degrees. It is similar to a graduation ceremony in that faculty and students are dressed in academic regalia. Faculty members place the J.D. doctoral hood over the head of the graduate to signify his or her success in completing their law degree. In addition to the keynote speaker, a faculty ember, two J.D. graduates and one graduate law student (all chosen by the graduating class) will speak. The Law School ceremony is in addition to, and does not replace, the UW Commencement held at Camp Randall. Following the Law School Hooding ceremony, light refreshments will be served on the Monona Terrace rooftop. Family and friends are welcome to attend. No tickets are required.

UW-Madison Spring 2017 Commencement

May 13, 2017, 12:00 noon
Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe St. Madison

All undergraduate, law and master degree candidates will gather together and the Chancellor will confer degrees. More information about this ceremony will be available on the University's Commencement page at commencement.wisc.edu.

Cap and Gown Rental

Academic attire rental is now available for the December ceremony at the University Book Store online (Sep 22 – Nov 10), in person (Oct 4 – Nov 10) at the Service Counter in the Hard Lines Department (711 State St.), and over the telephone (add $10.00 for service fee) for the December 2016 commencement ceremony. Additional information on renting your cap and gown can be found on the UW Bookstore website.

Exit/Graduation Photographs

The Law School would like a photo of each graduate for the alumni photo collection located on the second floor of the Law Library. Graduates can have their exit/graduation photos taken by a professional photographer at the Law School or may send a high-resolution digital copy of their own photograph (using their name as the file name). Please send your digital photographs or any questions you have about the graduation photos to Kimberly Raether.

Additional Graduation Information is available in Read This First! Student Handbook:

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