Law Commencement

Event Recap

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Richard A. Robinson, associate justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, urged the 87 School of Law graduates to think about the power they will hold as they strive to balance their obligations to clients with their duties as officers of the legal system.

Robinson spoke May 14 at the Commencement and Doctoral Hooding ceremony in the TD Bank Sports Center on the York Hill Campus. He also received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

“Many assume that lawyers are merely troublemakers who bring lawsuits that should not be brought and defend that which should not be defended,” he said. “In reality, the law is the very fabric that holds our society together and, as lawyers, you bear the responsibility of being its tailors.”

Farah Hage-Sleiman addressed her fellow law graduates while Professor Alexander Meiklejohn gave remarks on behalf of the late David King, who was voted Professor of the Year posthumously by the graduating class. Matthew Stokely JD ’86 welcomed the law school’s newest alumni.


Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 9 a.m.

The School of Law Commencement ceremony will be held at:

TD Bank Sports Center
York Hill Campus
305 Sherman Ave., Hamden, Connecticut 

The ceremony will have open seating and no tickets will be required. The ceremony processional will begin 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Speaker information

Justice Richard Robinson, of the Connecticut Supreme Court, will address School of Law degree recipients.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns

Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up at the North Haven bookstore after April 28. If you would like your cap and gown shipped to you, please call the bookstore after May 1 at 203-582-8431 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Someone will return your call for full shipping information. Please note: the cap and gown are free of charge but there is a $10 fee for standard shipping (5-7 days) and $18 for overnight shipping.

You may keep the academic robe, cap, hood and tassel. They are not to be returned to the bookstore.

Watch the instructional video below on how to present your hood at the ceremony.

Programs, Photography and Flowers

Programs, photography and flowers


Commencement programs listing graduates' names will be distributed at each ceremony.


A professional photographer from Grad Images will take pictures of each student as the diploma is presented; copies will be available for purchase. Graduates can preregister their own email or the email addresses of friends and family and will be contacted as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering.


Flowers will be available for purchase for the convenience of family and friends.



Light snacks and beverages will be served at a reception following the ceremony in the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus.

Consistent with university policy, no alcohol may be brought to or consumed on campus during the ceremony. In order to maintain the dignity of the proceedings, and in recognition of the importance of the day in the lives of our graduates and their families, we ask for your assistance with respect to our alcoholic beverage policy. Thank you for your cooperation.



Maintaining the safety and security of everyone taking part in our Commencement ceremonies at Quinnipiac University is of the utmost importance. To that end, certain items are prohibited at the TD Bank Sports Center. No alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, large handbags, metal folding seat cushions, seats that clamp onto bleachers, noisemaking devices, mace or similar substances, signs, sticks or poles or weapons of any type are permitted. Neither graduates nor their guests may bring any of these items into the ceremonies.

Guests will be subject to visual inspection of person, bags and clothing that can conceal prohibited items. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Guests with Disabilities

Guests with disabilities


If you or a member of your party has a disability that requires special parking accommodations, please notify the Public Safety officers when you arrive at the TD Bank Sports Center. They will direct you to handicap parking. Please note, Public Safety also operates golf carts and shuttles to and from the parking area and the arena and reception areas.

Accessible seating

Handicapped accessible seating will be available. Upon arrival at the arena, please see a staff member for assistance.

Lineup Information

Lineup information

All candidates for degrees must report to the floor of the hockey arena one hour prior to the start of their ceremony, otherwise we cannot guarantee your participation in the ceremony. Degree candidates must be dressed in their caps and gowns. When you check in, you will receive a numbered card that indicates your place in the alphabetical lineup. The card also has your name on it. Keep this card with you, as you will be required to present it to the associate dean, who will read your name aloud as you enter the platform area.

The ceremony processional will begin at 8:45 a.m.

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