William & Mary

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 light-to-moderate rain, the ceremony will go on as planned in the Wren Yard. In the event of severe weather (downpour, high winds, and/or thunder/lightning), the ceremony will be cancelled. 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 at 8:45 a.m. 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 arrive at W&M Hall no later than 9:20 a.m. and enter through the outside doors that open directly into the Wightman Cup Room.  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.