UW Law School Commencement Information

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.

RSVP here.

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 member, 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. Additional information on the ceremony is provided below.

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.

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 Spring Commencement Academic Attire Rental Timetable

Feb. 1 - April 6
Online: tam, hood and gown sales/rentals
March 7 - April 6
In-store or phone orders
(Phone orders: Add $10 service charge)
March 10Deadline to purchase attire to own
April 6
Deadline for renting tams, hoods and gowns
April 11 - 20Late rental period:
(Add $10 late rental charge)
May 12 - 13, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.Distribution of pre-reserved attire
The University Bookstore, 711 State St.
May 12 - 16, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.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:

UW Law School Hooding Ceremony and Reception Additional Information

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

Student Report Time
Students should report to Ballroom A by 12:30 p.m. for the processional lineup, where they will receive their hooding instructions. Students march together to their seats in the Exhibit Hall.

Family and friends should go straight to the Exhibit Hall to be seated for the ceremony.

Hooding Ceremony
This ceremony is only for students graduating from UW Law School, who are receiving their Doctor of Juridical Science, Master of Laws, or Master of Laws-Legal Institutions degrees. No tickets are required for this event, and there is no limit to the number of guests students may bring.

Dean Raymond hosts the ceremony. Speakers include two students from the graduating class and one graduate student, a member of the faculty selected by the third-year class, and a keynote speaker. After the speeches, each student is called to the stage to be hooded by a faculty member and congratulated by the dean. Photos are taken of each graduate shaking hands with the dean.

A recessional concludes the ceremony. Graduates and family members remain seated until the dean and faculty exit the stage. Graduates follow the faculty out of the Exhibit Hall, and guests exit after the graduates.

Seating in the Exhibit Hall

  • Graduates: Graduates sit in a designated area of the Exhibit Hall. Upon arriving at their seats, they should complete the name pronunciation and career services card (card and pencil are available on each chair). Graduates must bring this card to the stage for the hooding.
  • Student speakers: Student speakers sit onstage with the keynote speaker and faculty. Speakers should also complete the name pronunciation and career services card and present it to the attendant at the time of their hooding.
  • Guests and family members: General seating, not reserved.
  • Guests using wheelchairs: The designated area for people in wheelchairs and their family members is in front and to the left of the stage.

Ushers guide each row to the stage. Graduates should give their completed name cards to the staff member collecting the cards. After each name is read, graduates proceed across the stage to be hooded by a member of the faculty. After hooding, graduates shake hands with Dean Raymond, and a photographer takes their picture. As they proceed off the stage, an usher directs them back to their seats. We will demonstrate this procedure during the processional lineup in Ballroom A.

Photography at the Ceremony
There will be an area designated for taking photographs of the ceremony. Guests should use this area rather than the aisles to photograph their graduates.

Post-Ceremony Reception
All graduates, their guests, and Law School faculty are invited to Monona Terrace’s upper terrace immediately following the ceremony for light refreshments and a cash bar. For information about Monona Terrace, please visit mononaterrace.com.

We recommend arriving early, as there is limited parking at Monona Terrace. Monona Terrace features a 600-space, cashier-operated parking structure, which is accessible via East Wilson Street and the eastbound lanes of John Nolen Drive. Information on rates can be viewed online.

Additional Parking
Additional parking for Monona Terrace is available at the public parking ramp at 215 S. Pinckney St.; entrances for this ramp are located at 200 S. Pinckney St. and 100 E. Wilson St. Parking may also be available at the Hilton Hotel, at the Block 88 Lot (10 E. Doty St.), or on the streets around the Capitol. The Monona Terrace website has a map of nearby parking lots.
Monona Terrace area parking lot map.

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