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 2017 Commencement Ceremony & Reception

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, 10 a.m., Kohl Center

All undergraduate, law and master degree candidates will gather together and the Chancellor will confer degrees. Tickets are not required and seating is on a first-come first-served basis. More information about this ceremony will be available on the University's Commencement page at commencement.wisc.edu.

May 2018 Commencement

UW Law School Hooding Ceremony and Reception

Friday, May 11, 2018, 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 2018 Commencement

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 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.

Bar Admission Large-Group Swearing-In for December graduates

January 18, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chambers

Academic Regalia for Graduation Ceremonies (Attire)

The gown for UW Law School graduates is called the doctor-of-law or juris doctorate gown, and the hood is purple. 

Honors stoles for those receiving Dean’s Academic Achievement Awards are solid red. Once UW Law School has determined the list of students receiving the Dean’s Academic Achievement Awards, it sends the list to The University Book Store. Students eligible to wear an honors stole will be notified. Eligible students should request their honors stoles when they pick up their caps and gowns.

Candidates should wear the academic attire appropriate to the degree to be conferred. Orders for academic attire should be made as early as possible through The University Book Store.

Rental Agency
The University Book Store, 711 State St., 608-257-3784
The University Book Store handles all arrangements for caps, gowns, hoods and honors stoles. To confirm ordering dates and get more information about rentals, check The University Book Store website.

Store hours: Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.

You can order your tam, gown and hood:

  • By phone at 608-257-3784 ($10 service fee added)
  • In-store at The University Book Store, 711 State St.
  • Online at www.uwbookstore.com

Academic Attire Ordering Deadlines

2017 Winter Commencement Academic Attire Rental Timetable


Oct 2 - Nov 10
Online: tam, hood and gown sales/rentals
Oct 17 - Nov 10
In-store or phone orders
(Phone orders: Add $10 service charge)
Oct 20
Deadline to purchase attire to own
Nov 10
Deadline for renting tams, hoods and gowns
Nov 14 - Nov 20
Late rental period:
(Add $10 late rental charge)
Dec 15-16
Distribution of pre-reserved attire
The University Bookstore, 711 State St.
Dec 17 - 19
Return tam, hood and gown rentals
The University Bookstore, 711 State st.

Stole Pickup: Those graduating with honors must pick up their stoles with their tams, gowns and hoods. The bookstore keeps a list of all eligible students. Please check to make sure the stole is solid red.

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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