2014 Graduation Information

All May 2014, August 2014, and December 2014 graduates are welcome to participate in the School of Law Convocation.  August 2013 and December 2013 graduates may also participate.


Brandeis School of Law Convocation – Date, Time, and Location

The School of Law Convocation is on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre, 315 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.  The ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m.


University of Louisville University-Wide Commencement

School of Law graduates may also participate in the University-wide graduation ceremony on May 10, 2014, at the KFC Yum! Center.  The morning session will include A&S, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Public Health and SIGS.  The processional begins at 10:00 a.m.

All law students participating in the University-wide ceremony are required to attend rehearsal on Friday evening, May 9, 2014, at the KFC Yum! Center, at 6:00 p.m.  

On Saturday, May 10, the University Commencement processional will start at 10:00 a.m. and the line-up will form at the law school sign.  Line-up begins at 9:30 a.m.  President and Mrs. Ramsey will host a reception on the main concourse after Commencement, beginning at noon.


Graduates’ Questionnaire

All graduates must complete the 2014 Graduates’ Questionnaire on the Law School's website, which is used to generate the program for the Law School convocation.  (Note: you must be logged in.)  You will be asked how you want your name to appear in the Convocation program, your degree date, undergraduate degrees you received, and whether you are a dual degree student.  Other required fields include your non-louisville.edu address and contact information for communication after graduation.  It should not take longer than 60 seconds to complete the questionnaire.  Please submit your questionnaire by March 31.  You will receive an email confirmation when your form is submitted.


Parking Information for Law School Convocation at Brown Theatre

Paid parking is available in the Brown Hotel parking garage off 4th Street near Theatre Square, and off 3rd Street just before the corner of 3rd and Broadway. There is also parking available in the parking lot across the street from The Brown Theatre on Broadway.  Metered parking may be available on the street.


Ordering Graduation Apparel

It is too early to order graduation apparel.  As soon as the University makes the link available, we will share it with you.  The deadline to order graduation apparel is March 31. 

For information about apparel, please visit the university's Student Apparel page.  Style, colors, and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color and hood is determined by the degree you will be awarded. 

After submitting your order, you will receive a confirmation message with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders.  You must use a valid debit or credit card to place your order for apparel.

J.D. Custom Rental (Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood) is $93.95, plus tax.


Graduation Apparel Pick-up at the Red Barn

You must pick up your academic apparel (cap, gown, and tassel) at The Red Barn on one of the following days: Thursday, May 8 (noon to 7:00 p.m.), or Friday, May 9 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).


Apparel will not be available for pick-up after 4:00 p.m. on May 9. 

Honor Cords

As a fundraiser, the Golden Key International Honour Society will sell honor cords to law students who are candidates for honors as of the Fall 2013 semester.  Eligible students may purchase cords and wear them with their caps and gowns at Commencement and Convocation.  Honor cords may be purchased at The Red Barn on Thursday or Friday at the same time you pick up your graduation apparel. Honor cords are $15.00 each and must be paid by cash or check made payable to the Golden Key International Honour Society. 

Students who are candidates for Cum Laude (3.2-3.499) should purchase a gold honor cord; Magna Cum Laude (3.5-3.799) should purchase a red honor cord; and Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0) should purchase a gold/red honor cord.


Law School Graduation Announcements

The law school has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside.   

You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour website and entering University of Louisville to see the available graduation announcement packages. You may also contact Balfour at 1-877-225-3687. 

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law. 

Price List


Hotel Accommodations for Guests

The Law School has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel to supply hotel rooms for your guests staying in Louisville.

Rooms are $149 per night, plus tax.  Guests should contact the hotel and request the U of L Graduation Rate.  The hotel offers complimentary airport transportation and wireless internet.  Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you have visiting from out of town.

The Brown Hotel, www.brownhotel.com   
335 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202


Children Participating at Graduation 

We are pleased to invite the child/children of all student parents to participate in the Law School’s convocation ceremony on May 10.  This means that graduates who are parents may walk with (or carry, if appropriate) their child/children across the stage and be photographed together.  A caretaker will ensure that the child is in place to meet you on stage and will lead the child off the stage after they are photographed with the graduate.

This opportunity is on a trial basis only and graduates who wish to have their child/children participate must follow these guidelines:

  • Someone other than the graduate must serve as a caretaker for the child/children during the ceremony.  The caretaker must meet in a designated place and deliver the child/children to the stage to meet you.  While we will do our best to time the walk so that the caretaker can see you cross the stage, the caretaker may not see you walk, so you may wish to choose someone who is not a spouse or significant other for this role.
  • This opportunity is limited to graduates who are parents.  The objective is to celebrate and honor the achievement of our graduates who have also served as dutiful parents and to allow their child/children to celebrate in their achievement with them.  It is not meant as a distraction, and every effort will be made to honor the solemnity of the ceremony.  Graduates should consider whether their child/children would be a good fit for this joyful, respectful, and dignified occasion.
  • Parents who wish to participate must respond by March 31.  Responding does not obligate you to participate, but failure to respond by this deadline means that you may not have your child/children included in the ceremony. 
  • Participation will be limited only to those parents who respond by March 31, by emailing Annie Malka and Sarah Reddick and supplying the following information: 

Your name:
Your email address:
Your phone number:
Name and age of the child/children who might participate in the ceremony:
Name of caretaker:
Your caretaker’s cell phone number:

Further information will be provided to graduates who respond by the March 31 deadline.  Questions may be directed to second-year students Annie Malka (almalk02@louisville.edu) and Sarah Reddick (sdnorr02@louisville.edu), co-founders of the student group Parents Attending Law School.



Details Regarding Arrival and Check-in - School of Law Convocation

The Law School Convocation will be held at the Brown Theatre, 315 West Broadway, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.  Graduates should arrive NO LATER THAN 3:45 P.M.

Graduates must check-in with the School of Law staff in the room to the right of the lobby.  During the check-in process, all graduates will receive a name card.  If you are concerned that your name may be mispronounced, please write it out phonetically on your card.  Please hold-on to your name card so that you can give it to Dean Ballard on stage.  Graduates will also complete a form to order graduation photos from Classic Photography.  Classic Photography will take the class photo before the ceremony, and will also take each graduate’s picture on stage.  If you wish to take some personal photos, please do so before the line-up begins since apparel must be turned in immediately following the ceremony.

The class photo will be taken at 4:15 p.m. The SBA will start the line-up in the same area immediately after the class photo.  The SBA traditionally assists the administration on graduation day by lining up graduates and helping with instructions.


Information Regarding Convocation Ceremony at Brown Theatre

Graduates will follow the faculty in a single-file procession to the stage.  When Dean Duncan asks the class to come forward, the first row will stand and walk to the right area of the stage. At the direction of Dean Ballard, please hand your name card to her. She will call your name and you will walk to the professors to be hooded.  Do not remove your cap.  After receiving your hood, please walk across the stage to Dean Duncan for a handshake. A professional photographer will capture this moment (proofs may be viewed online and your photo will be available for purchase).   Walk back to your row and be seated (since the order will be reversed, you will not be sitting in the same seat when you return—you will be on the opposite side of the stage).  A program will be placed on each seat. Please do not take additional programs, purses, etc. on stage.

At the end of the Convocation, there will be a single-file recessional. The class will stand when directed by Dean Duncan. Graduates should remain standing at their seats until the Dean leads the recessional.

Important Information About Returning Graduation Apparel

Immediately following the ceremony, please return to the line-up room to return your apparel. 


Brandeis School of Law Convocation Speaker – Lucy Helm

Lucy Lee Helm, a 1982 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and current Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Starbucks Coffee Company will speak at the Law School’s Convocation.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Must law graduates attend the University-wide Commencement on Saturday morning?
Answer:  NO.  Law graduates may choose to attend the University-wide ceremony, but are not required to attend.  If a law graduate chooses to participate in the University-wide Commencement, he/she must attend the practice the night before at the KFC Yum! Center.  Most law graduates attend the law school convocation only.

2. Are tickets to the Law School Convocation at the Brown Theatre required?
Answer:  NO.  Tickets are not required.  Law graduates may invite as many friends and family to attend the convocation as they wish.  Seating will be available on the main floor and in the balcony area.

3. Can I return my apparel the following morning?
Answer:  NO.  JD student caps and gowns are custom rental and must be returned immediately following the ceremony. Herff Jones will charge graduates a fee for late returns.  It is important to take your graduation photos before the ceremony begins!

4. When is the deadline for me to order graduation apparel?
Probably March 31, 2014.  The University has not released a date yet.

5. What is the University’s website with Commencement Information?
Answer:  www.louisville.edu/commencement