Annual Commencement Ceremony

Annual Commencement Ceremony

The annual Commencement Ceremony will be held on Loyola Marymount University's Westchester campus, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, 90045.


Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12 pm in the Sunken Garden at Loyola Marymount University. The ceremony usually lasts approximately two hours. Guest and graduate seating is in the Sunken Garden area. Tickets are not required to attend the graduation ceremony. Reception to follow.

10:00 am -  Mass (optional)
           Student Robing, St. Robert's Auditorium

11:15 am - Class photo

12:00 pm - Commencement ceremony begins

2:00 pm - Reception

Commencement Speaker

Paul Watford serves as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Pasadena, California.

Paul Watford serves as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Pasadena, California. He was nominated by President Obama on October 17, 2011, and confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 2012.

Judge Watford received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 and his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1994. From 1994-1995, Judge Watford served as a law clerk to Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and from 1995-1996 he served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1997 to 2000, Judge Watford served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, and from 2001 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Watford was in private practice at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles, where his practice focused primarily on appellate litigation.

Other event information

Student Graduation Checklist


Student Regalia

Students need to order their regalia by end of day on Wednesday, March 22.  Orders may be placed online or by visiting the bookstore. After March 22, regalia will need to be ordered through the bookstore.


Commencement Photos

GradImages is Loyola’s official commencement photographer. Graduates’ proofs will be ready to view online as early as 48 hours after the ceremony. To notify you when your images are available, GradImages sends emails and mails paper proofs, along with optional text message notifications. Pre-registering is a way to make sure your contact information is up-to-date with GradImages so they can provide your complimentary proofs as quickly as possible. Although there's never any obligation to order, you'll save $5 off any order of $25 or more for your participation. To pre-register for your commencement proofs, please visit


Social Media

Follow Loyola Law School on any of our social media channels and contribute your own photos: #LoyolaLaw2017


Information for Alumni Presenters

Graduates may choose to have a grandparent, parent, uncle, aunt, sibling, or spouse who is a graduate of Loyola Law School present their diploma in the ceremony. (The presenter must be an alum and related to the grad as noted above.)

The presenter will participate in both the processional and the commencement ceremony.

Graduates who wish to have a presenter at the commencement ceremony should complete the Presenter Form no later than Wednesday, March 22.  In addition, graduates must order a cap and gown for their presenter.  

Alumni Presenters:

  • Presenter information can be found here and must be completed before participating in steps below.
  • Gown with the faculty in the Ahmanson Dining Room no later than 11:15 a.m.
  • Presenters (plus one guest) are invited to Brunch at 10:00 a.m. in the Ahmanson Dining Room.  If you wish to attend the brunch please RSVP to: Carmen Ramirez


Event Information

Maps and Directions



Because more than 6,000 people are expected to attend the commencement ceremony, you are encouraged to arrive early. It is important to allow adequate time to travel to Loyola Marymount University, park, and walk to the ceremony area. The walk from the parking areas to any of the designated commencement activities will take approximately 15 minutes.

You must enter the campus from the LMU Drive entrance (off Lincoln Boulevard) and park as directed by Security.


Disability/Special Parking and Seating

Once on campus, Security will direct you to Special Needs parking. Drop off is located near the Malone Building. People with special needs should park at Whalen.


Local Area Hotels and Lodging Information (within 5 miles)

Loyola Marymount University has acquired discounted rates at local area hotels for lodging while you are in town.  Please review the list of Local Area Hotels and Lodging and be sure to reference 'LMU' when making your reservation to obtain a possible rate discount.


Food Service

The Munch Market and the Lair will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located in the Malone Building.



For more information regarding logistical details for commencement, please contact Conferences & Events at (213) 736-1423.

For graduation requirements, please contact The Office of the Registrar at (213) 736-1130.