College of Law Convocation

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ceremony at 2:00 pm
Centennial Hall, UA Campus

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

Convocation Speaker:
Justice Clint Bolick, Arizona Supreme Court

Student Speakers:
Raisa Ahmad
James Carlson

Student Talent: 
Michael Fehser, Suzette Leonardo, Erica Morris, Ann Palmer, Mitchell Turbenson


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.

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 I am with a person whose mobility is limited, are there better places to park? 
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 Donna Shafer.

Do I need tickets? 
Yes, this year Centennial Hall requires a ticket, though we do not anticipate a shortage of seats. Tickets will be available at the Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 13, as well as at the Centennial Hall box office.  Your graduates will also be notified about how to pick up tickets at other times.

What time should I arrive ? 
Access to seating in Centennial Hall will open at 1:30 pm. (Doors to the foyer open at 1:00 pm with limited space to wait)

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, including Justice Bolick, two student speakers, and student 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.  It will not be streamed or broadcast live.

Graduation Weekend Schedule

Please take a look at these events and RSVP at the links below.

Friday, May 13, 4:00 – 5:00 pm - Graduation Awards Ceremony - Daniel Cracchiolo Library, ground floor
Students receiving special awards have been notified by email but need to RSVP with the number attending (family/friends welcome).  In addition, all JD students who are completing JD certificate requirements should RSVP. All MLS students graduating with a certificate should RSVP. The Awards Ceremony is open to everyone in the community who wants to celebrate student achievement, and requires an RSVP.   If you have questions, please contact Marissa White at or 520-626-8132.

Friday, May 13,  5:00 – 7:00 pm - Graduation Celebration - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby
All 2016 graduates are invited to celebrate their achievements with their family members and special friends. The event will feature live music, light appetizers, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, and requires an RSVP.  If you have questions, please contact Bernadette Wilkinson at or 626-1629.

Saturday, May 14, 11:00 – 12:30 pm - IPLP Brunch - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Lobby                                                               
The IPLP Brunch is open to those receiving a JD certificate, LLM, SJD, and MLS degrees in IPLP at the College of Law. This is a time for you to come celebrate your achievements with family, faculty and colleagues!  Please RSVP as soon as possible.  If you have questions, feel free to contact Andrea Bojorquez at or call (520) 626-6497.

Saturday, May 14 - Global Programs Celebration - (details forthcoming)

Saturday, May 14, (ceremony begins at 2:00 pm) - James E. Rogers College of Law Convocation - UA Centennial Hall
You will be sent more detailed information about the ceremony (lineup time, etc)  so watch your email. .


Last-minute preparation:

If you or anyone attending with you needs special accommodations, please contact Donna Shafer.   

This year, Centennial Hall will require each attendee to have a ticket to attend the ceremony even though we do not anticipate being short on seats. Tickets will be available at the Graduation Celebration and other events, and at the Centennial Hall box office on graduation day.

RSVP to Graduation Weekend events (RSVPs are required for most events.)  

Last chance: Thank your family and friends at graduation by submitting to The Selfie Project, a photo montage shown at Centennial Hall before the convocation begins.  Please review technical specs for photos you submit so that your selfie looks great!

Some students opt to be a part of the main UA ceremony in addition to the College of Law convocation. Determine whether you are going to participate in the UA Main Commencement on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm at the Arizona Stadium. If you plan to do this, you must follow the separate instructions at the link above. Please also inform Mary Steed in the Dean’s office if you plan to walk in the UA main ceremony.