Graduation Information

Dear 2014 Graduate:

As the countdown to your graduation day begins, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a Commencement 2014 update, and gather information from you that will assist us in the preparation of granting your degree.  Please take the time to read this letter and fill out the Intent to Graduate Form below.

The 2014 School of Law graduation will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 9:00 am in the University of Dayton Arena.  A reception at Keller Hall will immediately follow the graduation ceremony.  All 2014 graduates are eligible to “walk through” the ceremony, regardless of whether their actual date of graduation is January, May or August.  A mandatory graduation rehearsal will be held in the Courtroom at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  The Baccalaureate Service is Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the UD Chapel.

Graduates are responsible for ensuring that all academic requirements are met prior to the date of graduation.  To verify your academic and graduation status, you can examine your degree audit through Degree Works at  If you have any questions or concerns after viewing your audit, you may contact me at or set-up an appointment with me through Ms. Mary Beth Miller at (937) 229-4187 or   

Students who have satisfied the requirements for graduation except for the minimum cumulative grade-point average (2.20) may not be readmitted to continue.  They cannot be readmitted to begin afresh until two years after the date of dismissal, unless they establish compelling reasons to waive the two-year rule.

Final academic honors are not announced during the graduation ceremonies.  Tentative academic honors will be announced for students whose cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall 2013 Semester places them in the top 12% of the anticipated graduating class. 

Tentative academic honors are announced for ceremonial purposes only and must not be included in resumes or otherwise treated as official.  Final academic honors will be announced and posted on the web site by mid-June. The appropriate notation will be on your diploma and transcript.  Final academic honors will be awarded as follows: 

               Top 2% Summa Cum Laude
               Next 3% Magna Cum Laude
               Next 7% Cum Laude

Graduates receiving tentative academic honors will be recognized with a gold honor cord at the graduation ceremony.  Graduates receiving a Pro Bono Commitment to Community Award will be recognized with a purple cord.

Please check with the University Bursar’s Office a few weeks before your graduation date to make sure all charges to your account have been paid.  This will include tuition and fees, any housing or meal plan charges, and any outstanding parking tickets.  Be sure to check with the Law Library regarding any overdue or other outstanding fines and books that have not been returned.  Remember, not addressing the issue of your fees can result in the holding of your diploma and official transcript.

Also, you will receive a transcript coupon that will allow you to receive one complimentary official transcript.  This coupon will be included in the mailing of your diploma.  Diplomas will be mailed to the address you list on the Intent to Graduate Form in 6 to 8 weeks after all final grades are posted.

Finally, please take a few minutes to fill out the Intent to Graduate Form.  This form will allow us to more efficiently gather data that we will require both before and after your graduation—we cannot order your diploma without it.  Students who fail to submit the Intent to Graduate Form in a timely manner will NOT be permitted to take part in the commencement exercises.