Student Information

165th Commencement

Friday, May 20, 2016

Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC),

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Ceremony - 10:00 a.m.
Reception immediately following the ceremony at
The Hall of Springs, located on SPAC grounds

Commencement speaker: Megyn Kelly, Class of '95

*Regalia must be returned to the faculty robing room immediately following the ceremony.

Arrival Time

Graduates must arrive at SPAC no later than 9:00 a.m.; line-up will be in the large rehearsal room. Processional will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.  


Saratoga Performing Arts Center is located about 40 minutes north of Albany. Commencement will take place in the Main Amphitheater. Visit for directions.

Graduation Fair

The Graduation Fair will be held in the gym on Thursday, February 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a great time to tie up loose ends regarding graduation such as cap and gown measurements, the Career Services Survey and more.

Cap and Gown Measurements

Cap and gown measurements will be taken at the Graduation Fair on Thursday, February 4. If you are planning to attend Commencement, you will need to have measurements taken to insure your regalia fits properly. There is no expense to you as a student for the regalia usage. For that reason, you are required to return your cap, gown and hood to the Hall of Springs immediately following the Commencement ceremony.

Cap and Gown Pick

Caps and gowns will be distributed on Wednesday, May 18, in the Gym from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All outstanding fees (including tuition & fees, parking fines and book fines) need to be paid, and financial aid exit interviews completed prior to cap and gown pickup.

Cap and Gown Return

All regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) will need to be returned to the Hall of Springs immediately following the ceremony.

Announcement Cards/Class Rings

Jostens Company is the official vendor for announcement cards and class rings. You may also order online at

Class of 2016 Farewell Party

The 2016 Farewell Party will be held on Thursday, May 19 (time TBA) at Schuyler Meadows Country Club, 17 Schuyler Meadows Road, Loudonville, NY. There will be drinks, food and music for graduates and their families. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.


Commencement will be webcast live. Family and friends can watch the event via the Internet by visiting the bottom right of the homepage, you will see Featured Events. Click there to access the link to the live webcast.

NOTE: This link will not be available until one hour before the ceremony.


The ceremony will be professionally filmed. DVDs will be made available. More information to come.


Formal stage photos will be taken, as well as candid photos. Links to proofs for the stage photos will be sent via your law school email approximately two weeks after the ceremony. The candid photos will be made available at no cost. A link to the candid photos will be sent via the law school email address one week after the ceremony.


Academic honors are awarded at graduation. Honors for students who meet the requirements for graduation will be awarded as follows:

Cumulative Average: 3.75 or higher - summa cum laude (white cord)
Cumulative Average: 3.50 or higher - magna cum laude (gold cord)
Cumulative Average: 3.25 or higher - cum laude (silver cord)

Honors will be awarded to transfer students and those who visit elsewhere for a semester or a year if, in addition to meeting the above grade-point averages, they take two full years and complete no fewer than 55 credits at Albany Law School. Honors are based on grades received at Albany Law School.

The Justinian Society

Members of the class receiving their juris doctor degree summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude become members of the honorary legal society of Justinian.

Prizes and Awards

Academic prizes and awards will be available in the Commencement program.

For questions or more information, please contact:

Andrea Irizarry-Brown
Assistant Director for Student Programs

Tammy Weinman
Director of Alumni Affairs and Special Events