As the countdown to your graduation day begins, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a Commencement 2016 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 2016 School of Law graduation will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, in the University of Dayton Arena.
  • A reception at Keller Hall will immediately follow the graduation ceremony. All 2016 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 on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in the Courtroom at 11:50 a.m.
  • The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 in UD Chapel at 5:00 p.m.

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 DegreeWorks at If you have any questions or concerns after viewing your audit, you may contact the Registrar here.

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 2015 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 website 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. The only cords permitted as part of your academic regalia are the ones issued by the Registrar’s Office and distributed for academic and pro bono honors. All other cords representing organizations or groups may only be worn after the completion of the graduation ceremony.

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.

Click here for more information on graduation, including a link to watch the ceremony streaming live.

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School of Law

Keller Hall 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772