University of Arizona Law graduation


2018 College of Law Convocation

For JD, MLS, LLM, and SJD students

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ceremony at 2 p.m.
Centennial Hall, University of Arizona Campus

Reception following, across the street on the Arizona State Museum lawn

Convocation Speaker:

Student Speakers:

STUDENTS: Visit your Graduation Website for detailed information your regalia, commencement ceremony procedures, and a complete schedule of events.

Information for Family and Friends

We are delighted to have family and friends join us for the Graduation Awards Ceremony and the Graduation Reception on Friday, as well as the Convocation on Saturday.Your student will have access to the complete schedule on the College of Law intranet.

How do I get to Centennial Hall and where should I park?
Centennial Hall is just inside the UA Main Gate at University Blvd. and Park Avenue. There is a map at

If a guest cvannot walk or needs assistance:
You may drop off a guest in front of Centennial Hall if they cannot walk easily from your vehicle, but should arrange with someone to stay with them. Centennial Hall is accessible for most mobility limitations.

If someone in my party needs special accommodations, who should I contact? 
Ushers are available to assist those for special needs. If you are attending with someone who is frail or has specific needs and have questions, please contact Nancy Stanley.

Do I need tickets? 
Yes. Tickets will be distributed in front of Centennial Hall starting at 12:45 and as people enter at or after 1:00. Look for staff in red Arizona Law shirts as you approach on the patio. Seating is not assigned.

  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • We cannot give out a ‘block’ of tickets. People should pick them up as they enter.
  • Even children need tickets.
  • There is no limit to the number of people who can attend, and we do not anticipate running out of seats.

What time should I arrive? 
Access to seating in Centennial Hall will open at 1 p.m. 

May I come backstage to take photos? 
Sorry, there is limited space backstage. Only graduates are allowed backstage.

What is the order of events? 
Graduates robe in the non-public backstage area at Centennial Hall and then are led by faculty around the west side of the building where the processional begins. After the processional and national anthem, Dean Miller will welcome guests and introduce speakers and musical tributes to the class. Students will then “walk” for the conferral of degrees. Degrees will be conferred for several different programs, in the order listed in the program.

May I take photos and shoot video in Centennial Hall? 
Yes. There is a designated photo and video area on the east side of the hall that you are welcome to use. You may set up tripods in that designated area, subject to some height restrictions. You may shoot photos and video from your seat as long as you do not block the aisle or block the view of others. (Note: Students will not line up in a particular order, so you may want to communicate position via text.)

Grad Image photographers will also be taking shots of individual graduates as they shake the dean’s hand and after they receive their diploma, and these images will be available to your graduate for purchase.

Will the ceremony be videotaped? 
Arizona Law will record the ceremony and post it online within a few weeks.

Updated: 01/23/2018