Additional Information


Please make sure that you have completed Law-310 Pro Bono as you cannot graduate without this requirement. If you are not sure whether your paperwork for Pro Bono is completed and graded, check with Robyn Rucker in the Career Planning Center.


The 3L Steering Committee is paying for the rental of these items.  Measurements have been taken and the order has been placed.  If you have not given your measurements to Lorrie Hodge, Events and CLE Manager, please do so immediately.  Distribution of your graduation regalia will take place on April 23, 2015 at the Grad Finale.  Your cap, gown, and hood will be collected in the Valpo Room (261) in the Harre Union following the ceremony.  Please plan your photos accordingly.  If you have questions regarding the rental of caps/gowns/hoods – .

Cap and Gown Pick Up

Cap and gowns will be available for distribution on April 23, 2015 at the Grad Finale.  The caps, gowns, and hoods are rentals and will be collected in the Valpo Room (261) in the Harre Union following the ceremony.

If you are interested in purchasing any part of the regalia, prices are as follows for each garment and must be ordered separately:

Tam (cap) $88.10
Gold Bullion Tassel (sewn on) $44.30
Hood $157.00
Faculty $388.00
Valedictory $514.00
Marshall $626.00


You can view these at  Please contact Lorrie Hodge, Events and CLE Manager, in room 214 with any questions.


Mr. Jose A. Baez an experienced trial attorney who has represented clients in the full range of criminal and civil cases, will be the 2015 Law Commencement speaker.


A photographer from Grad Images will be on hand to take a picture of each graduate. The studio will contact graduates following the ceremony to show photo proofs and take orders for prints.


Plain parchment paper with a congratulatory message inside is scrolled and distributed at the Commencement ceremony. You will pick up your real diploma from the Registrar in the Valpo Room (261) in the Harre Union following the ceremony and after you have returned your cap, gown and hood (you keep the tassel). August graduates do not receive a diploma until mid-August.  If you receive honors such as magna cum laude – your diploma will be professionally re-printed and available to you by the end of summer.  Please make sure you have left a forwarding address with Registrar if you want the reprinted diploma mailed to you.


You must request a final official transcript to be sent to the Board of Bar Admissions.  This request requires your signature and we cannot make this request for you.  All official transcripts requests must be made to the University Registrar’s office in Kretzmann Hall, 1700 Chapel Drive. You will find their transcript request information online at

WARNING:  Please check for “restrictions” (holds) on DataVU.  Your transcript and diploma will be retained by our office if you owe money to the Finance Office, Campus Police, Christopher Center or Law Library, or the Law School Emergency Loan Fund.  All fees and tuition must be paid to the University and Law School as of 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 15 (offices are closed on Saturday).

NOTE:  There will be no commencement mailings to parents or spouses, so please share this Commencement information with family and friends. There is no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. Contact us if you have questions.

Driving directions and parking information

Directions to Valparaiso University campus

Campus map (PDF)

Campus parking map (PDF)

Webcast and DVD

A live webcast will show the commencement ceremony in real time.  Visit for the webcast.
A DVD of Law Commencement may be purchased as well.  For details about ordering, please Click Here.  *Be sure to specify that you want a copy of the Law Commencement ceremony from 5/16/2015.