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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. Doors open for guests 1 hour prior. Graduates and faculty members are asked to arrive at 9 a.m. and follow the signage to the check-in tent.

Each graduate will be allowed to invite up to four 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. The ceremony will be streamed and recorded for family and friends that are unable to attend.

Live Streaming

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live. Family or friends who are unable to attend will be able to view it by clicking on this link: CLICK HERE

Commencement Programs

Due to public health considerations, the Commencement Program for the Class of 2020, and the Class of 2021, are available digitally below:

Class of 2020 Commencement Program

Class of 2021 Commencement Program

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.

Juris Doctorate Regalia:

  • 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)

Masters Regalia

  • Robe: Masters
  • Hood: Masters – purple with red and white trim
  • Tassel: purple
  • Graduation cap: black mortar board

*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

To enter the Jon M. Huntsman Center, ALL GRADUATES AND GUESTS MUST HAVE A TICKET. Graduates are able to claim 1 student ticket for themselves and up to 4 guest tickets. Please see instructions available here - https://utahtickets.com/university-of-utah-graduation/. Log in with your CIS Email (Example:u000000@utah.edu) and then click forgot password.

PLEASE NOTE – the Ticket Office (Will Call) will be open at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the ceremony to assist with any ticket issues.

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

Similar to all sporting events, Jon M. Huntsman Center security is advising all attendees to either not bring bags or to use a clear bag for those items. Anyone who does bring a bag will need to pass through a separate security line to enter the building.

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 Kris.Monty@law.utah.edu 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).

We are pleased to announce that the University of Utah will now allow up to four guests per graduate. Please note that masks must be worn by all attendees and physical distancing guidelines followed.

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

Venue Access Tickets

To enter the Jon M. Huntsman Center, ALL GRADUATES AND GUESTS MUST HAVE A TICKET. Graduates are able to claim 1 student ticket for themselves and up to 4 guest tickets. Please see instructions available here - https://utahtickets.com/university-of-utah-graduation/. Log in with your CIS Email (Example:u000000@utah.edu) and then click forgot password.

 

PLEASE NOTE – the Ticket Office (Will Call) will be open at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the ceremony to assist with any ticket issues.

Parking is free at the lots surrounding the Huntsman Arena. Please plan to park in the general parking areas. There will be signage and traffic control in the area to assist in finding parking.  Click here for the parking map.

Please note that free Trax rides are available while on campus with your event ticket.

Graduate Check-in:

Please check in at the “Graduate Check-In” tent to pick up your name card (reader card). The check-in area is near the ticket office on the SE side of the building. All graduates must have their name card and ticket to enter the Huntsman Center. After entering the building, you will proceed to your assigned seat on the floor of the arena.

In light of the ongoing public health concerns, we will not have graduates line-up or have a procession into the venue. Graduates will enter at the east doors by the ticket office. There will be signage at the venue.

Professional photographers has been authorized to photograph all graduates. Photos will be taken as the graduate is crossing the stage and a photo in front of a backdrop backstage.

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 (graduation@utah.edu) 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 (graduation@utah.edu).