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Preparing for Graduation

Cap and Gown Orders & Distribution

Graduates order their Cap and Gown online on the Herff Jones site for Fordham University. 

The Herff Jones site will close at

5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019.

If the Herff Jones link above is inoperable, please visit

  • Order by clicking on the "Cap and Gown" section on the site. 
  • In the select option, look for Law School and hit enter.
  • Go to the section titled "Choose Your Degree Type."  JDs, LLMs and SJDs should select "Doctorate."   MSLs should select "Masters."
  • Select the "Cap & Gown" tab at the top right hand side of the page.
  • On the screen, please select the Graduation Regalia icon that appears at the bottom left side of the page.  There is no charge for your cap & gown.
  • On the next screen, enter the necessary information for your order.  If a graduate does not know their cap size, the site provides a downloadable measuring tape.  

Cap & Gown Distribution Dates for Law Graduates

1st Distribution:   Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2:00  to 6:00 p.m. in Bateman, located on the second floor of the Law School.

2nd Distribution:  Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Pope Auditorium on the first floor of Lowenstein Center.

3rd Distribution:  Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Pope Auditorium on the first floor of Lowenstein Center.

When picking up academic apparel, graduates are encouraged to open up the package before leaving the distribution area, so that sizing or other issues can be addressed in a timely manner by a Herff Jones representative.

Failure to order academic apparel by March 1, 2019:  Graduates are strongly encouraged to meet with Herff Jones representatives at the 1st Distribution.  Extra academic apparel may be available on a "first come, first served basis" and cannot be guaranteed.  A $10.00 (cash only) late fee will be charged.  Please keep in mind that if a graduate waits until the  May distribution dates, the availability of "extra" academic apparel decreases. 

Graduates, without an official Fordham University School of Law cap and gown, are not allowed to participate in the ceremony.   



Ticket Distribution

Each graduate will receive seven (7) tickets for their guests to attend the Diploma Ceremony. Graduates will also receive invitations for their guests. The invitations are suitable for mailing and are not considered "tickets."  The ceremony will be live streamed and in May graduates will be provided information on how family and friends can access the site to watch the ceremony.   

  • Graduates are required to complete and submit the Graduate Survey Form before receiving tickets and invitations.
  • Graduates must also order their cap and gown prior to receiving their tickets and invitations.




University Commencement

The University Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Fordham University's Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx. 

The Commencement is a University-wide ceremony held outdoors.  This is a 2 1/2 hour formal ceremony where the degrees of all Fordham graduates from different schools are officially conferred by the University.  All Fordham schools participate and all Fordham graduates and their guests are invited to attend.  There is no limit to the number of guests that a law graduate may invite to this ceremony.  

Law school graduates are not required to attend this ceremony. However, law graduates, who would like to attend the University Commencement Ceremony, should complete the University Commencement Form. The deadline to submit the form is Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Please visit the Commencement Ceremony site on the Fordham University website.  The site will be updated throughout the Spring semester and will provide graduates with important information regarding the line-up times for the student procession and the location where law students will assemble for the procession.     



Bar Examinations

Graduates are reminded that they are responsible for meeting the registration and exam deadlines and other requirements for the particular bar for which they are seeking admissions.  We encourage you to review the New York Bar Exam site or the National Conference of Bar Examiners site and select a jurisdiction from its drop-down menu for a summary of bar admission information specific to that jurisdiction and contact information for its bar admission agency.

Contact Cynthia Juco, Assistant Director, in the Office of Student Affairs, if you have additional questions about the New York State Bar Examination.

Dean's Reception for Graduates

Dean Matthew Diller and the Law School Faculty will host a reception in honor of the Classes of September 2018, February 2019 and May 2019. The reception will take place at the Law School, the Murphy Veranda (on the second floor of the Law School) and the Robert Moses Plaza on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Disability Accommodations

If you or any of your guests has a disability or temporary impairment requiriing an accommodation at the ceremony, the graduate must complete the online Disability Accommodations Form no later than Monday, May 13, 2019.  For certain disabilities (e.g., a guest requiring a sign language interpreter), we ask that you complete the form early, so the Office of Student Affairs has the ability to address you or your guest's needs well in advance of the ceremony.  

Please note: The Law School does not provide wheelchairs. Individuals are responsible for bringing their own. All guests must have a ticket to attend the ceremony.

Abel P. Móntez, Director of Student Affairs, will contact those individuals submitting such requests with special instructions for the day of the ceremony.

Alumni/ae & Special Presentations of Diplomas

At the Diploma Ceremony, each graduate receives a congratulatory letter from the Dean.  The actual diploma will be released to graduates a few weeks after the ceremony.  Information on how to receive the diploma can be found in "The Diploma" section of this site.

On stage, the Dean of the Law School will present the congratulatory letter.  However, when the graduate "is the child, grandchild, parent, sibling, spouse or domestic partner of a Fordham Law School alumnus, a Fordham Law School faculty member, or a Fordham University trustee" that individual may present the letter to the graduate.

Please contact Julie Smith, the Director of Alumni Affairs, at by Friday, April 26, 2019 to inform that Office if any of the category of the individuals listed plan to participate in the ceremony.  Because these individuals participate in the academic procession and are seated on the dais, the Office of Alumni Affairs will contact the graduate with additional instructions.  These individuals do not need a ticket to the Diploma Ceremony.     

It is important to register in advance.  Requests to participate in these presentations on the day of the ceremony will not be honored.   

Children on Stage with Graduates

Any graduate, who is the parent of a child (or children) born at any time from date of acceptance to Fordham Law School to date of the Diploma Ceremony are eligible to have their child (or children) walk onto the stage with them when they receive their "diploma." 

To register to participate, the graduate must submit the Child(ren) Registration Form by Friday, April 26, 2019.         

The graduate must provide the name(s) and date(s) of eligible children along with (1) the name of the person designated to bring the child to the graduate before going onto the stage to receive the "diploma" and (2) the names of other guests.

In May, the Office of Student Affairs will contact the graduate to provide them with special instructions regarding the special seating area for the graduate's guests and where the designee and child (or children) will be located prior to going on stage.

Because specific seats are assigned for graduates, be advised that the child (or children) are not allowed to sit with the parent who is graduating.     

Locker Clean-Out Date


The final date for graduates (September 2018, February 2019, May 2019) to empty out their lockers is 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2019.  Items remaining in your assigned locker after this date will be discarded.

If you have Law books that you would like to donate, please bring them to the Law Library's circulation desk. Please visit for the hours of the circulation desk.

Office of Student Affairs

Fordham University School of Law
Office of Student Affairs
150 West 62nd Street
Fourth Floor, Suite 4-101
New York, NY 10023

Tel: 212-636-7155

Fax: 212-636-7167