​Commencement Checklist

View the complete schedule of Commencement Events and Frequently Asked Questions for additional commencement information.

The Commencement Checklist will be updated regularly so be sure to visit this page often for the most up-to-date information and Commencement Checklist deadlines. For questions about this page, please email the Office for Law Student Affairs.


Update Contact Information

Ensure that your contact information is up-to-date in the MySanDiego portal.

MARCH 1, 2022

Register for the Bar Exam

Go to The State Bar of California website to register for the 2022 California July Bar Examination.

If you are planning on taking a bar exam in another state, please refer to the Academic Success and Bar Programs websites. 

MARCH 1, 2022

Apply to Graduate


The APPLICATION TO GRADUATE will be open until March 31. You must complete each of the following mandatory steps in order to be approved to graduate:

  1. Apply to Graduate: In the MySanDiego portal, access the Law Student page, Academic Records Tools channel, and complete the Apply to Graduate process. If you experience any technical issues accessing the Apply to Graduate link, contact the Office of the Law School Registrar.
  2. Complete an Online Exit Survey: Complete this survey to provide important commencement information, bar exam plans, and feedback about your law school experience. Select your program's corresponding online exit survey below. You must use your USD Email Address to complete the survey. If you have questions about the online exit survey, contact the Office for Law Student Affairs.
  3. Complete the Graduate Employment Outcome Survey (JD Candidates ONLY): You are required to complete the Post-Grad Employment Outcome Survey in your #HireUSDLaw account. Click on your profile in #HireUSDLaw and then "Jobs and Job Offers." Choose “Report Status” and select the appropriate outcome for what you plan to do after graduation (for most of you, after taking the Bar exam) and complete the accompanying survey questions. If reporting a job, please report only jobs you have accepted. If you need assistance or your employment status changes any time after you initially complete the survey, please contact Jocelyn Salvatori. The ABA and NALP require all law schools to collect this information. NOTE: The agencies later publish the information merely as collective statistics, not tied to any particular graduates’ names to protect your privacy. For guidance on answering the survey questions, refer to the NALP Graduate Employment Survey FAQs.
  4. Complete a One-on-One Bar Exam Meeting (JD Candidates ONLY): Complete a mandatory 15-minute bar exam meeting to discuss your bar exam preparation plan. Use the links below to schedule your appointment. Upon scheduling, please specify if you prefer a Zoom or in-person appointment. Your appointment must be scheduled by April 1 and completed by April 22. If you have questions about the One-on-One Bar Exam Meeting, contact Academic Success and Bar Programs. NOTE: You must complete the Online Exit Survey (in step two, above) BEFORE you attend your mandatory scheduled One-on-One Bar Exam Meeting
    1. Appointment with Jennifer Dean (Director, Academic Success and Bar Programs): Sign Up Here
    2. Appointment with Kathryn Hoyt (Assistant Director, Law Student Affairs): Sign Up Here 
    3. Appointment with Emily Nagisa Keehn (Assistant Dean, Law Student Affairs): Sign Up Here 

Failure to complete these steps by Wednesday, March 31, 2022, may result in a delay in processing your approval to graduate. Please be sure to contact the appropriate department if you have questions or concerns.

March 15, 2022

Pro Bono Hours Due

Last day to submit your Pro Bono hours for recognition pursuant to the Pro Bono Service Recognition Policy and Process. Contact the Office of Career and Professional Development if you have any questions.


GradFest I (Virtual)

Graduating students can place orders for regalia (see regalia specifications and costs below), commencement cords, graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames (use code “USD20” for 20% off and reduced shipping in the continental U.S. on diploma frames through 3-17-2022), and other memorabilia by visiting the USD Torero Store website. When ordering your regalia, please be sure to select the appropriate degree program to ensure that you get the correct regalia.

Items Included with Standard Regalia and Costs:

LLM Regalia (Cost: $65.00)

  • Doctoral gown with purple velvet sleeve bars and purple velvet front panel
  • Doctoral hood (purple)
  • Mortarboard (black)*
  • Tassel (gold)

JD Regalia (Cost: $65.00)

  • Doctoral gown with black velvet sleeve bars and black velvet front panel
  • Doctoral hood (purple)
  • Mortarboard (black)*
  • Tassel (gold)

MSLS Regalia (Cost: $58.00)

  • Master’s gown with purple velvet trim
  • Masters hood (purple)
  • Mortarboard (black)
  • Tassel (black)

*LLM and JD graduates have the option of adding a doctoral tam to their purchase for an additional $45 bringing the total cost of the package to $110. 

Commencement Cords

Commencement cords for participation in student organizations, journals, and advocacy groups will be available to order through the Torero Store website. Note: Pro bono cords will be distributed by the Office of Career and Professional Development to those students who meet the pro bono requirements. Contact lawcareers@sandiego.edu with any questions about pro bono cords. 

Graduation Photos

diFranco Photography will be on campus offering a free photo sitting on March 16 and March 17 from 10am-5pm outside of the Student Life Pavillion. For more information and the link to schedule an appointment, visit the GradFest website. diFranco Photography is also offering graduation photo sessions either in the studio or on location. Visit the diFranco Photography website for more information and to schedule a session. (Note: This is for San Diego county only.) 

MARCH 31, 2022


  • Deadline to complete the Application to Graduate process.

April 1, 2022

Concentration Applications Due

Last day to submit your JD concentration application. Contact the Office for Law Student Affairs if you have any questions. 

LLM in Comparative Law students and MS in Legal Studies students should submit their concentration application (PDF) to Graduate and International Programs.

MS in Legal Studies students should submit their concentration application (PDF) to Graduate and International Programs

April 4, 2022

Student Commencement Speaker Application Due

If you would like to represent the class of 2022 as the student speaker at commencement, email a written draft of your proposed commencement speech to SBA President Meena Kaypour at usdlawpres@gmail.com by Monday, April 4

The speech may be no longer than eight minutes when delivered and must be written so that the graduation committee may review it. The graduation committee will review all submitted draft speeches and choose a select group of finalists who will then be invited to give their speech before the committee (audition date TBD). The committee will select the commencement speaker from the finalists.

Student Commencement Singer Interest Due

Interested in singing the national anthem at Commencement? Contact the Office for Law Student Affairs by April 4 to apply.

April 8, 2022


Before Sunday
May 1, 2022


May 2022

Review Health Insurance Coverage

If you are enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), you will remain enrolled in the policy period for which you have remitted payment. Please visit the SHIP Benefits and Features webpage for more information on the specific coverage dates for domestic students and international students

You will receive an email from USD Student Wellness in late April with information on the insurance coverage options that are available after you graduate.

Registration for Access to Westlaw and CEB OnLaw Pro After Graduation

Law graduates can register for Westlaw's Grad Elite program to continue to use Westlaw for 18 months after graduation. Grad Elite provides access to Westlaw, Practical Law, Drafting Assistant, and other products in the Practice Ready package for 60 hours per month with no restrictions on use, including for professional and commercial purposes. Students must extend their passwords to get post-graduate access. For more information and to extend your Westlaw password, log in and authenticate your Grad Elite status at this website: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite.

Graduates can also get 18 months of free access to CEB OnLaw Pro if you sign up for an account before graduation. CEB Pro includes unlimited continuing legal education (CLE) and lawyer skills programs in addition to California practice guides and primary law. Sign up for an account by retrieving the law school’s registration code and then creating a new account at https://www.ceb.com/aba.

Access to Lexis and Bloomberg Law should continue automatically after graduation. For more information about graduate database access, please see the LRC’s guide for 3Ls and recent grads or contact us at lrcrefer@sandiego.edu.

Summer 2022

Diplomas and Certificates

  • Diplomas will be mailed to your mailing address on file; Concentration certificates and Honors Brochure will follow mid-summer.