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Class of 2003 Graduation
Sunday, May 18, 2003


Information for Graduating Students

Please Note: All Information below can also be Found in the Graduation
Handbook to be Distributed by the Student Bar Association at Cap & Gown Pickup

Class Dues—Please pay your class dues if you have not already done so! The $60 dues cover the expense of the graduation reception, the continental breakfast, the Graduation Weekend Gift, hood rental and other graduation-related expenses. Please make checks payable to "SBA—Graduation," and put them in Becky Brown's mailbox.

Caps and Gowns—Must be picked up from the Witt Courtroom (SL290) during the week of May 5. You will receive an e-mail with the precise dates and times. As a last opportunity, you may also pick them up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Alumni Association / Law Foundation / Student Bar Association Reception for the Graduates and Families—Saturday, May 17, 4–7 p.m., Law School. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served; this is not a dinner reception. Please make dinner plans accordingly. A class of 2003 photograph will be taken at 5:15.

Continental Breakfast—Sunday, May 18, 8–9:45 a.m., East Range between Rotunda Alley and Green Alley. Join your fellow classmates for breakfast before marching down the Lawn.

University Graduation Ceremony (good weather)—Sunday, May 18, students line up not later than 9:45 a.m. in Rotunda Alley, East Lawn. Ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Law School Awards/Diploma Ceremony (good weather)—Holcombe Green Lawn, in front of Clay Hall, Sunday, May 18; ceremony begins at 1 p.m. sharp. Immediately following the University ceremony, the new graduates should proceed to McCormick Road (Alderman Library side) to catch a University bus which will first go to University Hall, then to the North Grounds bus (you should stay on the bus at U-Hall). The graduates must be in their seats on Holcombe Green Lawn not later than 12:55 p.m.

Bad Weather Plan: University Graduation Ceremony and Law School Awards/Diploma Ceremony—Memorial Gymnasium, Sunday, May 18; Students should be seated by 10:15 a.m. Ceremony begins at 10:30. The Continental Breakfast will be held in the Aerobics Room at Memorial Gym.

Non-Participants: Please notify Pat Harlowe in the Office of Career Services if you will not be participating in graduation. We need this information so we will not include you in the program.


Details on the Sunday Ceremonies

See schedule

At the beginning of the Lawn ceremony, law students march together down the Lawn from the gathering point in Rotunda Alley to seats in front of Cabell Hall, where they will, at an appropriate point in the program, be conferred their degrees en masse. Law Students will march down the Lawn in two non-alphabetized lines, each led by two faculty marshals, as part of the University's general processional composed of faculty and graduates from all the schools. The path you will take while marching down the Lawn will be closer to the east side of the Lawn than to the west side.

After the Lawn ceremony, students should proceed immediately to the Law Grounds and find their seats for the Law School ceremony in front of Clay Hall on Holcombe Green Lawn. The seats are arranged alphabetically, and student and staff marshals will be available to assist you. Students' names will be taped to the back of their seats. The J.D. graduates are seated first, followed by the joint degree graduates, the LL.M. graduates and the S.J.D. graduates. The Law School ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., which gives graduates only a short amount of time to get to the Law Grounds from the Lawn ceremony, which typically ends around 12:30. The quickest way will be to proceed west from the Lawn past the Amphitheater to the McCormick Road bus stop in front of Alderman Library, then catch the shuttle to the North Grounds via University Hall which will let you out at the gatehouse in front of Darden. There is no need to change buses at University Hall. Any bus that is loading in the vicinity of Alderman Library will take you to the North Grounds after the Lawn Ceremony.

Once the graduates are in their seats and the faculty have assembled, the faculty will enter the Holcombe Green Lawn area and take their places on the stage. The Colonnades Brass Quintet will provide music for the processional.

Following remarks by Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the FBI and member of the Class of 1973, and the presentation of graduation awards, the graduates will be hooded and presented with their diplomas. At the appropriate time, student marshals will ask each row of graduates to rise and be hooded by professors just before going on stage. Graduates will be hooded by the first available professor. Dean Hopson will announce each graduate's name and Dean Jeffries will present the diplomas. A professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate. After students receive their diplomas they should proceed back to their seats while others receive theirs.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, graduates may join friends and family directly. Students should return their rented gowns and hoods before leaving the Holcombe Green Lawn area. Following the ceremony the Law Foundation will provide light refreshments in the Caplin Terrace area.

In the event of weather bad enough to force the ceremony indoors to Memorial Gymnasium, the ceremony will be approximately the same.


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