To view a recording of the 133rd Commencement Ceremony, click here.

We are looking forward to celebrating our graduates from the Class of 2022 on May 20 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Please check this page for updates and announcements about our plans for Commencement 2022. 

Cap and Gown

All graduates who attend commencement are required to wear academic regalia. Graduating students who are members of the United States Armed Services are allowed to wear dress uniform in lieu of academic apparel.

Visit Oak Hall to order your cap and gown. The deadline for online orders is Friday, April 22, 2022. Orders can also be placed in the Catholic bookstore beyond that deadline.

Please contact the Catholic bookstore with any questions. Please note that you may only return regalia unopened within 30 days for a refund of the purchase price less shipping. All returned items must be unopened and in their original packaging to be eligible for a refund.

Diploma Frames

In addition to regalia, diploma frames can be ordered by visiting the university bookstore website.

Order Forms for Panoramic Photo, Video, etc.


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Commencement Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 19
Institutes and Special Programs Certificate Ceremony — 2 p.m., Byron Auditorium, Law School
A certificate presentation ceremony for students in the Comparative and International Law Institute, the Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility Program, the Law and Public Policy Program, the Law and Technology Institute, and the Securities Law Program will take place at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow. For further information, please call the Office of Institutes and Special Programs (319-6081) or email Constantia Dedoulis at

Mass — 4:30 p.m., St. Vincent’s Chapel, John McCormack Road
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated for the graduates at 4:30 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Chapel. All graduates are invited to attend with family and friends. Graduates should sit with their families and academic apparel should not be worn to the Mass. A shuttle will be available from the Law School to St. Vincent’s Chapel, which is a short walk from the Law School. If you have a family member who is a Roman Catholic priest and interested in concelebrating the Mass, please contact the Office of Student Life and Special Events as soon as possible.

The Graduation Committee presents the Class of 2022 Friends and Family Celebration 6 pm: Heritage Hall (on campus)
Come join your classmates as we have one last hurrah before graduation. There will be food, music, and refreshments. Families are welcome. The event is free for graduates and children under the age of 12. Tickets for guests are $10. Attire is cocktail hour. A shuttle will be available from the Law School to Heritage Hall. To purchase tickets click here.

Friday, May 20
Commencement Ceremony — 11 a.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Seating for guests attending the law school commencement will begin after 9:30 a.m. The academic procession will enter the Shrine at 10:50 a.m.

Reception — approximately 12:45 p.m., University Lawn
Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, Dean Payne and the Faculty will host a reception for graduates, families and friends on the lawn. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be moved indoors.


Guests attending the Law School commencement ceremony are encouraged to park in the lot across the street from the Shrine in the Shrine’s West parking lot on Harewood Road and Michigan Avenue, or the McMahon Parking lot adjacent to the Pryzbyla Center.  The University garage will also be open for parking, but your guests will have an easier trip to the Shrine from the first two parking areas.  


The commencement ceremony will be live-streamed and will also be available for viewing online after 6 p.m. on Friday, May 20.  The live-stream and online viewing links will be posted closer to commencement day to  The recording will be available on the Law School website through early August.

Commencement Day Information for Graduates

On graduation day, graduates should report to the Byron Auditorium at 9:30 a.m., wearing your gown, tam and hood.
We ask that you stay in the auditorium until instructed to leave and remain with the class from this point until the end of the commencement ceremony. You will wear your hood for the class photo, but then take it off and carry it over your right arm during the procession to the Shrine.

Name Cards / Order of Procession
Members of the administrative staff will be in the Byron Auditorium distributing name cards and giving you final instructions for the photograph assembly and procession.

The name card is important. Please do not lose it.
During the commencement ceremony, you will give the card to the Faculty Marshal who will be at the podium to read the graduates’ names during the ceremony. Once you have your name card, you should wait in the auditorium until you are instructed to go outside for the class photo. After the photograph has been taken, we will ask you to assemble in alphabetical lines behind appropriately marked signs at the back of the Pryzbyla Center.

Inclement Weather
In case of inclement weather, you should report to the Byron Auditorium in the law school as directed above to receive your name card and be in the class photograph which will be taken in the Atrium. In case of rain, there will be no procession from the law school to the Shrine. Following the photo session in the atrium, graduates will be sent directly to Memorial Hall (in the lower level of the Shrine) to line up for the procession.

Panoramic Class Picture
We will direct you when you are to go to the back lawn for the class photograph. Please listen carefully to the photographer’s instructions. We have only about 30 minutes to have the class picture taken and reassemble for the procession.

Marching to the Shrine
After the picture has been taken, please be alert and follow directions to line up behind the Pryzbyla Center for the academic procession. Once the alphabetical line-up is finalized, the procession will walk up the path to McMahon Hall and across the mall, entering the Shrine via the front door. The academic procession will enter the Church at approximately 10:50 a.m.

Graduates will be divided alphabetically for the procession and seating in the Shrine: A – K in a single file line on the right, and, L - Z in a single file order on the left. Once the group is lined up alphabetically, we will move the group together so that the procession will be in a double line, with A - K walking on the right and L - Z walking on the left. Our “A - K” graduates will sit in the front right section of the Shrine, and the “L - Z” graduates will sit in the front left section.

The Ceremony
The graduates will occupy the front section of the Shrine. The faculty and honored guests will be seated on the altar. Please remain standing in your place for the Invocation and the National Anthem. Dean Payne will then instruct you to be seated. Men should remove their tams during the National Anthem.

You will be given detailed directions at the 9:30 a.m. meeting on Commencement Day regarding processing to the altar to receive your diploma.

After the Ceremony

During the graduation ceremony you will receive a “decorative diploma.” You should report to the Academic Affairs office in Suite 343 from 1 to 3 p.m. to pick up your official diploma.

Dean Payne and the faculty will host a reception for you and your family and friends on the University lawn and in the Keelty Atrium immediately following the graduation ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the reception will take place in the Atrium, the Student Lounge and Cafeteria.