School of Law

Dates at a Glance All details regarding Commencement may be found on RooLaw

March 18 and March 19 - Grad Fair

Grad Fair is being held at the Bookstore in the Student Union from 10:00am to 7:00pm on March 18th and 8:00am-5:00pm on March 19th. 10% discount offered these 2 days, in person, by phone, or via the web. All those planning to walk at the Commencement Ceremony must purchase a cap, gown, hood, and tassel. Please purchase regalia as soon as possible.

Friday, May 16th

4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Service – Central United Methodist Church (across from Law School)

Immediately following Baccalaureate, before Award Ceremony-ReceptionLaw School Student Lounge

All graduates, family and friends, are welcome, but please RSVP to Tina Melville so we can have adequate food and beverages to accommodate all in attendance.

6:00 p.m. - Recognition Ceremony - Student Union Theater.

Students to receive awards will be invited along with their (2-3) guests in March or April.

Saturday, May 17th

4:00 p.m. Commencement and Hooding (Swinney Recreation Center).

  • 3:00pm-Doors to Swinney Recreation Center open.
  • Graduates are asked to arrive no later than 3:15pm with your regalia. (Pierson Auditorium for robing, line-up, and instructions for the ceremony.)
  • Please visit this website (when notified it is active) to RSVP
  • All graduates, their families, and friends are welcome to attend.

Commencement Reception, sponsored by the Law Foundation -immediately following Commencement



Graduates and guests can park at various locations on campus. The parking lots in closest proximity to Swinney Recreation Center are the University Center and the new Cherry Street parking structure. Refer to the UMKC Commencement website for maps and other information.


Contact Jean Klosterman at 816-235-5739 or via e-mail if you have any questions.