College of Law

Candidate Information

If you plan to attend Law Spring Commencement, please complete your RSVP, Bar & Honors Release form, and regalia orders by Friday, April 9. Review the details below for additional information to help you prepare for the ceremony.

RSVP by April 9


Schedule on Saturday, May 15

  • 9-9:45 a.m. - Savage Arena doors will open for candidates at 9 a.m. Staff will direct you to your assigned seat. Masks are required. More details will be provided to participants as we approach the event date. We recommend that you leave valuables (bags, suit coats, etc.) with family or friends. Do not leave them unattended.
  • 9 a.m. - Savage Arena doors open for guests. This will be a ticketed event with reserved social-distanced seating in accordance with local health regulations. Masks are required. Each graduate will be limited to four (4) ticketed guests. Guest ticketing information will be communicated directly to graduates after the RSVP deadline.
  • 10 a.m. - Commencement ceremony begins in Savage Arena.

Regalia Orders

J.D. graduates can rent essential regalia from the Main Campus Barnes & Noble College Bookstore (1430 Secor Rd) in the Gateway complex. M.L.W. graduates must purchase regalia from the Main Campus Bookstore. Only rented regalia must be returned after the ceremony.

Orders must be placed no later than April 9. Orders received after this date may be accommodated, but will incur a late fee and the correct hood color (purple) cannot be guaranteed. All law regalia orders will include the mortarboard cap, gown, hood (purple), and tassel. J.D. students may also purchase a tam (optional).

To place your regalia order, go to the Main Campus Bookstore at 1430 Secor and provide them with the following information. Your height and weight measurements will be required for proper sizing. J.D. students may use the rental order form and turn it in at the bookstore. For M.L.W. graduates, there is not an order form for purchases, but you can stop by the bookstore to place orders in-person.

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Height
  • Weight

Student Pricing (before tax):

  • Juris doctor (J.D.) rented regalia = $94
  • J.D. tam (optional) purchased regalia = $66
  • Master of studies in law (M.L.W.) purchased regalia = $84.98

Order Pickup: Orders placed by the April 9 deadline can be picked up at the Main Campus Bookstore during regular store hours approximately one week before graduation. Please call the Bookstore at 419.530.2516 before picking up your items to confirm they have arrived. The college will not be responsible for unclaimed regalia orders.

Size & Fit: Try on your regalia as soon as you receive it to verify sizing and hood color. All law hood colors will be PURPLE. If the hood color is incorrect or if any element does not fit properly, please return the items to the Bookstore ASAP to make necessary corrections before the ceremony.

J.D. Rental Returns: J.D. graduates may return their rented regalia (mortarboard cap, gown, and hood) by driving through the drive-in regalia return in Lot 12 by the Law Center immediately following the ceremony until 2 p.m. on May 15. See the Toledo Law regalia return map for the suggested route back to Law Center from Savage Arena. After that time, J.D. graduates will be responsible for returning their rented regalia to the Main Campus Bookstore at 1430 Secor Rd. on Monday, May 17 as the bookstore is not open during the weekend. Rented tassels do not need to be returned, so you may want to hold onto your tassel as a memento. Tams also do not need to be returned.


Academic Distinction

Students may graduate with academic distinction if their OVERALL grade point average is 3.3 or higher. The OVERALL grade point average includes ALL coursework taken at all law institutions, although no student will be awarded a level of honors above that indicated by The University of Toledo's cumulative GPA. These averages and the citation they merit are as follows:

3.3 - cum laude
3.6 - magna cum laude
3.9 - summa cum laude

Eligible candidates will be distinguished at commencement based on all academic work completed prior to the term preceding commencement and will be notified by mail. The actual honors awarded at the time a degree is posted will be based on the final cumulative GPA.


Honor Cords

Law students graduating with academic distinction or those who currently served or have served in the military will receive honor cords to wear with their regalia. Academic honor cords will be placed for graduates receiving honors at your assigned seat in Savage Arena.

NOTICE TO GRADUATING VETERANS AND ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES: You are eligible to receive a special honor cord recognizing your military service. To receive this cord, eligible students should contact UToledo's Military Service Center at 419.530.1392 or by email at msc@utoledo.edu. Verification of military service is required.


Bar exam & honors recognition information

Class of 2021 graduates should remember to submit the Bar Exam & Honors Recognition form to the Law Registrar's Office by April 9. Your successes in law school are recognized in an honors booklet at graduation upon your permission.


Diplomas

A diploma case will be issued only to those candidates present at the commencement ceremony. Your official diploma will be mailed to the mailing address you listed on your myUT graduation application after you have been cleared for graduation by the Law Registrar's Office. You will receive an email to your UToledo student email address once the diploma has been mailed. This clearing, posting, and ordering of diplomas are ongoing for about 45 days past commencement. To verify that your degree has been awarded, graduates should view their unofficial transcript through the myUT Portal. Follow instructions for viewing unofficial transcripts online. If you want your diploma sent to another address or have it held for an in-person pickup, please email the University Registrar's Office at graduation@utoledo.edu.


Photography

The University photographer will take individual photos of each candidate as they cross the stage and a professional photographer will take a photo of each graduate with their diploma cover after the graduate leaves the stage.  Graduates will be allowed to remove their masks when having their photo taken after they leave the stage, but must put their mask back on before returning to their seat.  Family and guests are welcome to take pictures from the stands, but may not enter the arena floor.  The Flickr album is available for graduates and their family and friends to download. 


Directory Release of Information

If your student records have been coded "Do Not Release" for directory information, your name WILL NOT be provided to local newspapers for publication if it is requested. If you wish to verify or change your directory release information, you can do so by logging in to the myUT Portal.


Academic & Financial Deficiencies

Clear outstanding student account balances (including library, traffic, and parking fines) before commencement. Questions regarding in-progress grades must also be addressed prior to graduation.


Computer Accounts

All students have a OneDrive account through Information Technology. Any files stored on OneDrive will be deleted when you graduate and/or leave the University. If you have information stored on OneDrive and need to retain it for future use, it is your responsibility to contact UToledo's IT Help Desk at ITHelpDesk@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2400 if you have questions about how to retain the information or copy the files. If you have installed any Microsoft Office programs through UToledo’s student license, it will become inactive upon graduation from the university. Graduates are able to continue to use their Rockets email after graduation. You will be responsible for continuing to change your password every 6 months to keep an active account. If the account becomes inactive, the mailbox will be removed.


Degree Audits & Certificates of Concentration

If you want to apply for a certificate of concentration, application forms for the certificates are available on the College of Law website. Applicants can run degree audits through the myUT Portal at any time prior to graduation to determine which requirements have been completed and are unfulfilled. If you cannot run your audit through the portal or have any questions about the information on the audit, contact the Law Registrar's Office at 419.530.5098.


Candidate Checklist

Class of 2021 graduates should review the Candidate Checklist to ensure you complete all pre-and post-graduation requirements. We've also added a brief list of checklist items for Class of 2020 graduates who plan to attend the law ceremony. 


Please share our commencement event page with friends and family. For questions, please contact Kelly.Tomlinson@utoledo.edu.
Last Updated: 5/28/21