Required steps toward graduation

These activities will help prepare prospective December 2023, May 2024, and August 2024 graduates with requirements for commencement.

After you've applied for graduation, the next step is for you to complete some tasks prior to, and at, Graduation Prep Days and Send-Off Days in preparation for Commencement Day.

  1. Complete required tasks prior to Graduation Prep Days (see below).
  2. Graduation Prep Days  are offered on two different days of the week, March 4 and 7, where you will order your regalia, get your professional headshot (class composite) photo taken, visit with bar prep vendors, and more.  You can choose either day to attend, or both, whichever helps you complete your tasks.
  3. Send-Off Days are offered on two different days of the week, April 16 and 17, where you will pick up your regalia, your commencement tickets, get Wayne Law swag, have questions answered about Commencement, and more. You can choose either day to attend.

Required tasks to complete prior to Graduation Prep Days

JD, LLM, MSL Grads

  • Visit the Graduation Prep Days and Send-Off Days web pages, as well as the Commencement Page for details. 
  • Jewell Photo will be taking headshots of all graduates onsite for professional use on Graduation Prep Days. Photo packages can be purchased by the graduate through Jewell Photo. Professional attire required. Schedule your headshot photo to reserve your spot. 

JD/LLM Grads taking the bar exam

  1. Complete the required bar prep survey. You are encouraged to complete the online bar prep survey ahead of time, but it is required to complete it by or at Graduation Prep Day (March 4 or 7).
  2. Complete the required Background Check Request form for your live scan fingerprinting prior to Graduation Prep Day and bring it with you that day, along with $65 cash for the fingerprint service (no checks or credit cards accepted). Fingerprints are required for the bar exam.
  3. Complete the required ABA Graduate Employment Survey provided by the Office of Career and Professional Development. You are encouraged to complete this ahead of time, but it is required to complete it by or at Send-Off Days (April 16 or 17).
  4. If you have not secured post-graduate employment, please schedule your appointment to meet with a career advisor in the Office of Career and Professional Development at lawcareers@wayne.edu.
  5. JD graduates must be photographed by Jewell Photo to appear in the 2024 class composite photo. Wayne Law will cover the cost of getting your professional headshot photo taken for this purpose, as well as cover the cost of an 8 x 10 printed copy of the 2024 class composite. Professional attire required. Additional photo packages can be purchased through Jewell Photo. Schedule your headshot appointment ahead of time.