Information for Graduates   


Remembering Commencement

Photos will be taken by Island Photography. Each graduate will have two pictures taken: a formal portrait taken and a photograph of him or her receiving their diploma. Island Photography will contact each graduate directly about purchasing prints.

What to Wear

Casual/picnic attire is appropriate for the Cap & Gown Party. Business casual attire is appropriate for the Graduation Ceremony. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes to the Graduation Ceremony, as there is some walking involved and you will be using stairs to access the stage.

The following contains important graduation information and dates. Please read carefully and mark your calendars.

Graduation Kick-off Event

Thursday, March 17 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Law School Atrium

  1. At this event you can get your bar application notarized, if interested purchase your class ring or diploma frame, and order your cap and gown.
  2. Food, drink, raffles and an all-around great time!

Caps and Gowns Order Information

Must submit order by April 15, 2016

The website to place your cap and gown order is now up and running. Place your order at Important: You Must Place This Order by April 15!

If you are graduating with your Juris Doctoris (your law degree), you will choose a Doctorate gown. If you are graduating with your LLM or MSJ, you will choose a Masters gown. There is no fee for the rental. If you don’t know your cap size, a representative from Herff Jones will be here on March 17 at the Graduation Kick-off Party to take your measurements. There is also a measurement tool pinned to the bulletin board in Student Services. Please be considerate and replace this measurement tool for your fellow graduates after you use it.

Cap and Gown Party

Tuesday, May 24 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. | Law School

The Deans, Faculty and Administration will be hosting a Cap and Gown Party.

  1. The party will take place at the law school and is open to all graduates, their friends and family.
  2. Graduates will pick up their gowns before the party starting at 3:00 pm. Until 6:30 pm.

Commencement Mass & Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. | Law School

A special Graduation Commencement Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26 at 4:00 PM at the Law School. Immediately following mass is the Awards Ceremony and a Wine and Cheese Reception. Family and Friends are invited.


Friday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. | The Prudential Center Arena (Newark, NJ)There are no tickets distributed for graduation. There is no limit on the amount of guests a graduate can have at the event. Seating is open and is first come, first serve. However, as most of you know, every seat is a good seat at the PruCenter. A Champagne Reception is held at the law school immediately following the ceremony for all graduates and their guests. The length of the reception is up to you, but most people plan to stay for about an hour.

Alumni at Graduation

Any graduate, who has a direct family member (parent, spouse or sibling) who is a Seton Hall Law School alumna/i and would like that person to present them with their diploma at graduation, may request this through the Office of Student Services. Please email with your name, your family member’s name; relationship to you (the graduate); the alums year of graduation; weight, height and cap size of the family member; and a phone number to contact you. These requests must be received in a timely fashion.

Class Speaker

Interested in being the class speaker at Graduation? If so, note that you must submit your written speech to Sharon Carone ( by Noon, Monday, April 4. The top speeches will be selected for an oral presentation on Thursday, April 14 between 4-6 p.m. NOTE: You must be available on this date for speech presentation. The Graduation committee will then select the speaker. If you are submitting a speech, it must meet the following requirements: The length of the speech should be between 6-7 minutes when read. Thus, please make sure the length of the written submission reflects this limitation to the best of your ability. NO NAME should be placed on the written submission. The speeches are anonymously selected during the written evaluation. Therefore, the speech should only contain your student ID number in the header. Emailing the submission to Sharon will also prevent any committee member from learning the identity of the author until finalists are selected. Also, please note that the final speech may be chosen subject to edits for time/content.

Graduation Singer

Interested in being a singer at Graduation? We will need performers for the National Anthem and SHU Alma Mater. Statements of Intent to tryout will be due by Noon, Monday, April 4. Please email your statement of intent to Noel Thomas, Chair of the 2016 Student Graduation Committee, ( tryouts will then be scheduled.

Thank you for your attention to this information. Please do not hesitate to contact Cara Foerst (Dean of Students) with any questions or concerns at 973-642-8707.