Commencement FAQ

Information for Graduates, Family and Friends

Q: How do I order my cap and gown for the Commencement ceremony?

A: For information on ordering your cap and gown for the Commencement ceremony, please see the Commencement Checklist.

Q: Do I need to purchase tickets for Commencement?

A: No, tickets are not required for the USD School of Law Commencement ceremony. Family and friends are also welcome to attend related Commencement events.

Q: Can my relatives participate in the Commencement ceremony?

A: Spouses, parents, grandparents, and/or siblings who are alumni of USD School of Law can participate in congratulating graduates on stage at the commencement ceremony. Any graduating student who wishes to have their relative(s) participate should contact the Office for Law Student Affairs by March 31, 2016. Please note that this process must be initiated by the student

Q: What do I need to bring with me to the Commencement ceremony?

A: Please bring your cap, gown, hood, tassel, and any honor cords you received. Please avoid bringing purses and bags as much as possible as there will not be a place for you to store them during the ceremony. You will have to proceed into the ceremony with anything that you bring with you. 

Q: When should my guests arrive to the Commencement ceremony?

A: The doors to the Jenny Craig Pavilion will open at 8:00 a.m. and seating is first come, first served. The Commencement procession will begin at 8:45 a.m. so it is recommended that guests arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.

Q: Where can my guests find directions to USD and where should they park for the Commencement ceremony?

A: View a campus map of the University of San Diego. View directions to the University of San Diego.
Guests may enter campus from the east or west entrance of campus. Both entrances are off Linda Vista Road. Parking personnel at each entrance will direct guests to park in the Mission Parking Structure just inside the east entrance. Free USD Tram service will transport graduates and guests from the Mission and West parking structures to the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Vehicles displaying a disabled person parking placard or license plate will be directed by parking personnel to a reserved parking area on the third floor of the Mission Parking Structure. If a temporary disabled parking permit is needed, please contact the Office of Parent Relations by May 2, 2016 at (619) 260-4808 or by email at  

Q: Where does my family sit during Commencement?

A: Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors of the Jenny Craig Pavilion open at 8:00 a.m.. Since seating is open, please do not save seats in any way other than sitting in the seat. Special seating is available to guests who are hearing impaired or disabled. Guests who are hearing impaired may request special seating from a commencement usher. Disabled guests may request that a companion sit with them. Video screens are located on either side of the pavilion. For more information on disabled or special needs accommodations for guests, please contact the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or by email at

Q: My family is coming from out of town, where should they stay?

A: Accommodations closest to the University of San Diego campus can be found in the Mission Valley, Old Town, and Hotel Circle areas of San Diego. USD partners with Bartell Hotels, owned by a USD alumnus, for special discounted rates. For more information on Bartell Hotel properties, visit or call (800) 345-9995 and ask for the USD rate. 

Q: What if my family is unable to attend Commencement?

A: The 2016 USD School of Law commencement ceremony will be webcast live on the internet and will be available for replay for 1 week after the ceremony. View the live webcast.

Q: How do I order a DVD of the Commencement ceremonies?

A: USD will produce a commemorative DVD of the 2016 USD School of Law commencement ceremony. If you would like a copy, you can order the DVD online. DVDs should arrive by mail 6-8 weeks after commencement. If you have questions about your DVD order, please contact

Q: How do I order Commencement photos?

A: Grad Images photography will be taking photographs of each graduate on stage during the commencement ceremonies. A photographer from Grad Images will take two photos of each graduate: one photo of the graduate receiving the diploma case and a second photo of the graduate exiting the stage while holding the diploma case.  Each graduate will be sent no-obligation proofs of the commencement photographs via email after the event. Proofs will also be sent via postal mail. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints after you have seen your proofs. There is no obligation to purchase. If you have any questions about your commencement ceremony photographs, please visit the Grad Images website or call toll-free 1 (800) 261-2576.

Q: When and how will I receive my USD School of Law diploma?

A: Diplomas will be mailed directly to graduates after class rank and honors have been determined (approximately mid-July). It is very important that you ensure that your contact information and mailing address are up-to-date in the MySanDiego portal in order to receive your diploma in a timely manner. You will receive any awarded Concentration Certificates and your Honors Brochure at the same address mid-summer. 

For questions about this page, please contact the Office for Law Student Affairs.


Law Student Affairs
Warren Hall, Room 218
Phone: (619) 260-4651
Fax: (619) 260-7715


M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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