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 the Steering Committee, please do so immediately.  Distribution of your graduation regalia will take place on April 26, 2019 at the Grad Finale. Your gown, and hood will be collected in the Valpo Room (#261 – at the top of the stairs) in the Harre Union immediately following the ceremony.  Please plan your photos accordingly.  If you have questions regarding the rental of caps/gowns/hoods please contact

Cap and Gown Purchase Info

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) No Charge
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 at


Ceremony Photographs

GradImages® is the official photographer for Commencement. To view your proofs online, please visit Graduates will be contacted by GradImages with instructions for how to log in and proofs. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at or 800.261.2576.


Plain parchment paper with a congratulatory message inside is scrolled and distributed at the Commencement ceremony.

Graduates must use the Diploma Request on DataVU to order their final diploma and submit information about their diploma delivery preferences. The day that diplomas are printed, an email notification will be sent to all graduates from the university registrar’s office with one of four messages:

  1. Diploma ready for pickup
  2. Diploma is printed, but you must first resolve a hold on your account
  3. Diploma has been mailed as requested
  4. Diploma will be mailed as soon as you resolve a hold on your account and let us know

Pickup will take place at the office of the University Registrar. *Please note: a diploma hold will be placed on a student account if regalia is not returned to Lorrie Hodge following the Commencement ceremony. 

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 Law Registrar if you want the reprinted diploma mailed to you.


You, and only you, can order a final official transcript to be sent to the Board of Bar Admissions.  We cannot make this request for you.  All official transcript orders must be made by you online through DataVU.  For more information about ordering transcripts, please go to There is a $5.00 fee for official transcripts printed on paper. Electronic transcripts are $3.00.

**Also, all required state bar certification forms and requests MUST be submitted to the law registrar’s office no later than May 20th. Certifications to sit for bar exams will be processed after final grades have been received.

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. on the Friday before commencement (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)

Link to Shuttle Service

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 which commencement date that you want a copy of the Law Commencement ceremony.