Office of Student Affairs

Class of 2014: What You Need to Know...

This page is intended to be a reminder/check-list for candidates for graduation in the Class of 2014.  Events or issues related to graduation requirements, bar applications, and Commencement will be posted as we receive them.

OSA Notary Policy Change.  Effective July 1, 2013, the OSA notary services are limited to WUCL students and graduates for purposes of application to state bar examinations.

Early Bar Prep Course.  Classes are every Wednesday from 5:30pm - 7:30pm in Room 218.  The program will be held weekly for 10 weeks staring Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (ending April 2nd).  After the first orientation session on Jan. 22nd, BARBRI will send you the homework assignment for the second session on Jan. 29th.  If you want to participate in this, please email Kathleen Fitzgerald.

Petition for Graduation.  Ann Abbott will be placing hard copies of the Petition for Graduation forms in your law boxes on Monday, January 27th.  Please complete these and return them to the OSA no later than Friday, February 3rd.

Jostens Graduation Announcements.  Graduation announcements are available online at Jostens.   Here are some tips for creating your graduation announcement when navigating the fields that they will request:

NAME - Enter your full name, or your name as you wish for it to appear
FIRST DEGREE - Select the "Doctor of Jurisprudence" option
FIRST MAJOR - Skip this option, it'll read awkwardly if you include it
OPTIONAL TEXT 1 - Skip this option.  Unfortunately, we won't know who receives which honors until the Friday, May 9th before Commencement, when the faculty meets to determine honors.  
ANNOUNCEMENT TEXT - Select the "May 2014 Commencement" option.
If you are earning a certificate as well:
SECOND DEGREE - Select "Other" and it will give you a place to type in "Certificate"
ENTER YOUR SECOND MAJOR - Select "Other" and it will give you a place to type in which certificate program: 
  • Business Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International & Comparative Law
  • Law & Government
  • Sustainable Environmental, Energy & Resources Law

Upcoming Dates & Events

Class of 2014 Graduation Dinner:  Thursday, May 8, 2014. 

The location is yet to be determined, but the event will take place between 3:00- 5:00pm.  Your Class President, Colin MacMahon will be in touch with the details.

Law Commencement Website

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Commencement is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the Willamette community to celebrate your accomplishment. Willamette University holds three commencement ceremonies in May for the College of Liberal Arts, College of Law and Atkinson Graduate School of Management. Commencement should not be confused with graduation, a term that refers to the actual fulfillment of degree requirements and credits resulting in a diploma being processed. If you have fulfilled your requirements for graduation, you will receive your diploma during the commencement ceremony. If you have not fulfilled your graduation requirements by commencement weekend, you will receive your diploma by mail.