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Graduation 2020 & 2021 Information

You deserve a celebration! The S.J. Quinney College of Law will hold an in-person Convocation Ceremony on Friday, May 14 at Jon M. Huntsman Center at 10 a.m. for graduates of the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020.

Each graduate will be allowed to invite up to two guests.  Due to space and public health considerations, attendance will be limited to college faculty, the graduates themselves, and a small audience of family and friends.  Masks and physical distancing will be required, with seating spaced throughout the venues. The ceremony will be streamed and recorded for family and friends that are unable to attend.

Regalia – For the 2021 Convocation Ceremony, the purchase or rental of regalia is not required. For those who do wish to purchase regalia, online preorders can be made now through March 24. Online preorders of regalia may be picked up as early as the Grad Fair at the Campus Bookstore on March 25-27, or will be held for pickup at the Campus Bookstore until May 13, 2021.

For those who do not preorder their regalia, new orders will be on a first come, first served basis from the inventory that the Campus Bookstore has on hand. Not all sizes and colors are guaranteed.

  • Robe: Doctorate – black with red velvet trim
  • Hood: Doctorate – purple with red and white trim
  • Tassel: purple
  • Graduation cap: black mortar board or tam (students preference)

*PILO will be offering limited quantities of rental regalia donated from previous law graduates. Please watch for emails from PILO with additional information.

Venue Access Tickets – Convocation will require a ticket, more details coming soon.

The 2021 Commencement Ceremony is being held for both the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

May 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Jon M. Huntsman Center

1825 S Campus Dr.

Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Amy Howe
Until September 2016, Amy served as the editor and a reporter for SCOTUSblog; she continues to serve as an independent contractor and reporter for SCOTUSblog. She primarily writes for her eponymous blog, Howe on the Court. Before turning to full-time blogging, she served as counsel in over two dozen merits cases at the Supreme Court and argued two cases there. From 2004 until 2011, she co-taught Supreme Court litigation at Stanford Law School; from 2005 until 2013, she co-taught a similar class at Harvard Law School. She has also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. Amy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in Arab Studies and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Commencement will be streamed live and archived on the College of Law YouTube channel »

Anyone requiring an interpreter (ASL or foreign language) or reserved ADA seating, please contact Kris Monty at by Friday, April 30, 2021 for proper accommodations.

Students with disabilities may also give reasonable prior notice and request accommodations through the Center for Disability Services at (801) 581-5020 (voice/TDD).

Venue Access Tickets – Convocation will require a ticket, more details coming soon.

More details coming soon.

In light of the ongoing public health concerns, we will not have graduates to line-up or have a procession into the venue. Graduates will enter the venue and be seated upon arrival.

A professional photographer has been authorized to photograph all graduates. More details coming soon.

In light of the ongoing public health concerns, a hooding ceremony will not be part of the 2021 Convocation Ceremony.

Diplomas are mailed to student graduates within three months of graduation. Please use the online Campus Information System (CIS) to make any corrections to your mailing address to ensure proper delivery of your diploma. The diploma covers handed out during the commencement ceremony will be collected as you exit the Kingsbury Hall stage. Law diplomas will not fit in the standard University diploma covers.

To have a change made to the Diploma Name, students must notify the Graduation Office ( in writing by the last day of classes for the semester the student is expecting to graduate.

Official Name (Primary Name)

A student’s "name of record" at the University of Utah is defined as the legal name under which the student was admitted to the University of Utah. Legal name is defined as that name verified by the approved documentation listed on the Change of Personal Information form. A student’s Primary Name is the name that is used on a transcript.

Diploma Name

By default, the Diploma Name is a student’s Primary Name unless the student requests a change.

A Diploma Name may not have a prefix, however, a suffix can be added upon written request without it being listed on the Primary Name.

  • Example: John Smith Jr.

Below are the guidelines through which a Diploma Name may be adjusted.

Preferred Name

A preferred name may be listed on a diploma as long as the student has designated that Preferred Name in their profile using the Student Homepage. The Preferred Name may include a preferred middle name.

First Name

If a student has not designated a Preferred Name, a first name may be shortened in instances in which there is a commonly used short-version of the name that is recognizable as a part of the Primary Name.

  • Examples are Daniel/Dan, Frederick/Fred, Suzanne/Suzy, or Kathryn/Katie/Kate.

Middle Name

If a student has not designated a middle name as part of their Preferred Name, a middle name may be adjusted per a student’s written request to the Graduation Division without requiring an official change to the student’s Primary Name in these circumstances:

  • Middle names can be shortened to an initial. Example: Elizabeth -> E or E.
  • Middle names can be lengthened as long as the full middle name was listed as part of the student’s Primary Name at some point in the student’s history at the University of Utah.

If a student would like to add a middle name to their Primary Name, a Change of Personal Information form should be sent to Registration and Records with the necessary documentation.

Last Name

The last name that is used on a diploma must coincide with a student’s Primary Name. If a last name needs to be changed, a Change of Personal Information form should be sent to Registration and Records with the necessary documentation.

Accented Characters

The Diploma Name may be adjusted to have accented characters. The Notification of Graduation Change Form should be submitted to identify the characters that the student is wishing to accent on the Diploma Name.

Should you encounter any situations that are unique or if you have questions, please reach out to the Graduation Division of the Office of the Registrar (