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School of Law Commencement

2020 Commencement and Reception

Graduation stage wide viewThe 2020 University of Dayton School of Law graduation will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. in the University of Dayton Arena. All 2020 graduates are eligible to “walk through” the ceremony, regardless of whether their actual date of graduation is January or May. Tickets are not needed for the commencement as there are plenty of seats available in the arena. Graduates are required to be at the Arena and in line no later than 8:15 a.m.

A reception at Keller Hall will immediately follow the graduation ceremony. Graduates, families and guests are invited to attend to have the opportunity to meet Dayton Law faculty, staff, students, and new graduates. Guests may park in any single letter lot near the school (A, B, P, or S1). 

Watch Graduation Live

If you can't make it to graduation, you will be able to watch it live on YouTube (link coming soon). The ceremony will also be streamed live on the School of Law's Facebook page. After the ceremony, you can go to the same links to watch a replay of graduation.


A Graduation Exercise Review will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 12 p.m. in the Courtroom. It will be your chance to review your announced name, and the final seating arrangements for the graduation ceremony. If you cannot attend, please email Mary Boston.

The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in the Courtroom in Keller Hall.

Graduates are responsible for ensuring that all academic requirements are met prior to the date of graduation.

View detailed information on graduation requirements

View a list of frequently asked questions about graduation

Commencement Speaker
Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing the promise of America, bringing us closer to our nation’s highest ideals. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

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Directions and Parking


Graduates, their families and guests should park in Arena Parking Lot B, adjacent to the building.

Directions to the University of Dayton Arena. 


For the reception at Keller Hall, graduates and guests may park in any single letter lot near the school (A, B, P, or S1).

Directions to Keller Hall.

Interactive campus map.


Please contact Mary Boston, Clinic Coordinator, at or at 937-229-4061.


School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760