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Frequently Asked Questions

Law Commencement 2014

Questions?  Please contact Jana Wolff at 509.313.3702 or wolffj@lawschool.gonzaga.edu

When is the Commencement ceremony, where is it held, and when is it over?

The Commencement ceremony for the School of Law will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Graduates must line up in the gym of The Charlotte Y. Martin Centre in their academic attire no later than 8:45 a.m. and this is a good time for their guests to arrive in the McCarthey Athletic Center. The ceremony begins with an academic procession at 9:15 a.m. and the speaking part of the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Ample seating is available, graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to the ceremony, and no tickets are needed for admission. If the graduate or guests have special needs for seating (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.), the graduate should contact Jana Wolff no later than two weeks prior to Commencement (and earlier, if possible).  We estimate that the ceremony will be over at 11:00 a.m. and it is followed by a social held on the lawn at the School of Law. The social is a time for graduates to hug, kiss, take photographs, introduce their families to favorite faculty members, and to say good-bye - we expect the social will be over by about 12:30 p.m.

How does a student order graduation announcements and invitations?

CEWard-National is the firm which handles the selling of both academic attire (addressed in the next question and answer) and graduation announcements and invitations. That firm will be sending all graduating law students the order forms and information about the announcements and invitations in late fall/early winter.   

How does a student order academic attire?

Fill out the form that CEWard-National will send to you - get it back to them in the mail in the already-addressed envelope no later than March 3, 2014 (or you can go to their webpage at: www.cewardnational.com - click on the Gonzaga logo, then click on Graduation Products, and then follow instructions).  A late fee will be assessed on orders postmarked after this date.  Orders place after April 19 will be on an availability basis only and will include overnight air delivery charges.  The law academic attire cost will be approximately $87.00 (this includes sales tax) and payment can be made with cash, check, VISA or MasterCard - a final price is still to be determined).  Academic attire will be distributed to students beginning Wednesday, May 7, through Friday, May 9, at the School of Law in the Center for Professional Development - Room 142 - between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

Is there a Commencement Mass and who may attend?

The Commencement Mass for the School of Law will be held in the University Chapel on the third floor of College Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Graduates and their guests of all faith traditions are invited to attend. Parking is available in the lot in front of College Hall and permits will not be required for the Commencement weekend. 

Do law students need to attend rehearsal and when and where is it held?

The School of Law rehearsal is on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the McCarthey Athletic Center. All law students should plan to attend the rehearsal because detailed information is given, questions are answered, and those all-important "how to wear your academic attire" instructions are given. If you absolutely can't attend, not to worry!  After your group photograph in front of the Law School at 8am, come to the Martin Centre gym to line up for the procession.  Our staff team will be available to help you with any questions.

Is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs going to pronounce my name properly as I cross the stage?

The Associate Dean hopes and prays that she pronounces every name properly and she will practice with a large stack of name cards for a month prior to Commencement. If you have a wonderful and unusual name, you could make it easier for her by giving her a simple way to pronounce your name. Please bear in mind that the pronunciation explanations at the bottom of the page in the dictionary do not readily come to mind to an Associate Dean who is having to read many names. On the blue graduation form which you received at registration at the beginning of your final year, there is a place to give the proper pronunciation of your name. You could simplify matters by letting the Associate Dean know (for example) that the last name "Krusee" is pronounced like this: "crew c" or that "Prusch" is pronounced like: "brush with a p."

Photographs at Commencement - can family members take them and will there be a professional photographer?

Family and friends may approach the stage and take pictures or a video; we ask everyone to be aware of other photographers and audience viewing. There will be a professional photographic team that will be taking a formal picture of every graduate as well as a candid shot. Order forms will be sent to the graduate during the summer from Image Studios in Moscow, Idaho 208.882.5594. You are under no obligation to order the pictures but I can tell you that, in the past, the pictures have been very good.

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