Commencement 2023



Date: Saturday, May 20 
Time: 9:00 AM 
Location: Kaplan Arena 571 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg

Doors open at 8:00 AM. No tickets needed. Graduate Arrival: Report at 7:30 AM to the Second Floor – near the Green and Gold rooms. Signage will be placed near the entrance. 


Names will be read during the ceremony as you are walking across the stage. 


Law Students wear gowns designed for William & Mary. The gowns are green with black velvet trim and the William & Mary cipher in gold on the lapels. The piping on the sleeves is purple representing law. The European style gown is worn open. Navy or black dresses or white shirts and dark skirts or slacks are the appropriate dress beneath the gown. Hats are black tams with gold tassels. The tassel goes on the right before the degree is conferred and moves to the left after confirmation. See below about ordering regalia. 

Active-Duty Military and Veterans:

Red, white, and blue cords will be distributed on Grad Day. Active-Duty Military and Veterans can wear the cord during the ceremony. Graduate Seating: Graduates will not be seated in alphabetical order but grouped by LLM and JD. The name card will indicate if you will be seated stage right or stage left. 


A token of achievement will be distributed at the ceremony. The actual diploma will be available for you to pick up at the Law School after the Kaplan Arena ceremony, thus concluding commencement. 

Live Streaming:

Please check the William & Mary Law School website for streaming updates. 


Parking at Kaplan Arena is limited, and traffic can be heavy so arrive early. Please reference the William & Mary Law School website for parking information.

Diploma Pickup and Commencement Reception 
Date: Saturday, May 20 
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM 

William & Mary Law School Diploma Pickup: Penny Commons (Only Graduates) Commencement Reception for Graduates and Guests: Law School Parking Circle Photo ID is needed for diploma pickup. Enter Penny Commons near the flag circle. 

Name Cards Distribution Day 
Date: Thursday, May 18 
Time: 12 -3 PM 
Location: Law School Lobby 

Graduates will be responsible for bringing their name cards to Commencement exercises. Photo ID is needed for name card pickup. *Additional pickup dates will be added. Please check the Law School website for updates.


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