Commencement Information

Memphis Law celebrates all graduates with three annual commencement ceremonies, in May, August, and December. (August and December commencements are held with the University's main ceremony).

May 2018 Commencement Information

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
255 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN. 38103

Graduation is expected to last until approximately 7:00 p.m.


We will have general seating at graduation with the exception of several reserved front rows. Your guests do not need to purchase or use tickets for graduation. There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend.


Parking is available in the garage underneath the Cook Convention Center/Cannon Center as well as in lots nearby. The cost is $10/vehicle at the Convention Center lot.

Please note that the Memphis Convention Center will be undergoing renovations during graduation and the West P1 and West P3 lots will not be available for parking. There will also be limited access to the elevators in the South Hall lobby. Please plan accordingly and plan to arrive earlier than usual, especially if you have guests who have limited mobility.


There will be professional photographers taking photos at graduation. Each graduate will be photographed on stage as he or she is being hooded and during the handshake. In addition, each graduate will have the opportunity to take an additional formal graduation photo during the graduation ceremony. Information about how to purchase photographs will be available at the ceremony.


The law school will not have an official invitation, but graduates can order invitations through the University or on their own. To order through the University, please contact Balfour at 1-800-278-7644 or visit the law school landing page on their website. Be sure to use this link to ensure you are on the law school landing page and not the main university landing page.

Regalia & Certificate & Pro Bono Cords

You will be able to pick up your regalia at the law school in early May.  We will provide specific details later.  There is no additional charge for regalia.  

If you are graduating with a certificate in Advocacy, Business Law, Health Law, or Tax Law or if you are receiving a Dean's Distinguished Pro Bono Award, the law school will order a special cord for you to wear at graduation. You can pick it up with your regalia.

Legacy Hooding

Are you a legacy? If you have a family member who is a graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, we'd like to know! If you have family members who are Memphis Law Alumni, they can assist with your hooding at graduation. Please email Archie Shelton no later than Wednesday, May 2, with your name and the name and contact information of your family members if you would like to participate.

Please note that hooding assistance is only available to students with family members who are Memphis Law Alumni.

Name Pronunciations

We want to ensure that we pronounce your name correctly at the ceremony. If you suspect that the pronouncer may have difficulty pronouncing your name, please fill out this form to provide a phonetic pronunciation of your name for the pronouncer at graduation. Please complete this form by Friday, Friday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. so that we can have the cards created in time for graduation.

Please note that we will not be able to take corrections at the graduation ceremony, so please make sure that you contact complete the form by April 6. If you have questions, please contact Abby Gardner.


More information about graduation will be available closer to the date.