Law Degree Candidates (JD and LLM)

Senior Class Candlelight Ceremony (Friday)

The Candlelight Ceremony provides a time for celebration and reflection. Families are welcome to attend. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held under a tent in the Sunken Garden, with graduates getting first priority for available space under the tent. Caps and gowns (but not hoods) should be worn to the Candlelight Ceremony. The tassel should be worn on the right side of the mortar board.

Walk Across Campus (Saturday)

Degree candidates who would like to participate should gather in front of the Wren Building  for a final walk together across campus. Class Officers will introduce the three Honorary Marshals who will lead the procession from the Wren Building to William & Mary Hall. Caps, gowns, and hoods should be worn for the Walk Across Campus. The tassel should be worn on the right side of the mortar board. Mortar boards may not have objects or inappropriate messages attached.

Main Commencement Ceremony (Saturday)

Law degree candidates should gather 30 minutes before the start of the Academic Procession on the Concourse Level of William and Mary Hall.  Enter the building through the doors that open directly into the Wightman Cup Room (toward the back of W&M Hall, on the side facing the Commons Dining Hall).  Once inside, staff members and signs will direct candidates to the appropriate staging area.

At the appointed time in the main ceremony, the candidates for law degrees will be asked to rise and the degree will be conferred upon them.  Diplomas for law degrees will be distributed at the Law School ceremony following the main ceremony.