Due to the spread of COVID-19, law commencement is postponed for fall 2020 and post Bar. Click here to leave congratulations for the class of 2020.

2020 Law Commencement Book

Rules Regarding Materials Allowed and Prohibited in the Mission Gardens

All guests will be required to go through a security checkpoint prior to entering the gardens. Please click here for a map with designated checkpoints. ​There will be 5 checkpoints, indicated by the blue arrows on the map. Campus Safety officers will be checking for any prohibited items. Please click here for a list of allowed and prohibited items. It is suggested that your guests arrive a little early to allow about 15 minutes to get through the checkpoint. Any law enforcement guests are encouraged to check in with security on the day of the event. Questions should be directed to Mike Brady at mbrady@scu.edu.

Academic Attire

Academic attire rentals will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020. The attire will be rented downstairs in the Text Department at the online order/buy-back counter located near the Law Section of the Bookstore. The cost for the cap, hood and gown rental for JD/LLM is $125.00 and MLS is $56.98. Students keep the cap/tassel and hood and return the gown after the ceremony. You do not need to pre-order a gown. The Bookstore purchases the gowns in bulk according to height. You will need to provide your name and height and will receive your attire (cap, hood and gown) and a name card. This is the name card you will give to the Professor announcing names during the ceremony. The name card also has your seat number on it. Make sure to bring this card with you to the graduation ceremony!


Graduation announcements can be ordered online from CB Graduation Announcements/Balfour at cbgrad.balfour.com or by calling 1 (800) 433-0296. Your degree is “Juris Doctor,” or if you are in the LL.M. program “Legum Magister”. CB Graduation Announcements/Balfour will be available on Tuesday, February 18, and Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 11 am – 2 pm for on-campus sales. They will be tabling outside of Charney Hall, Room 205.


Free, general parking will be available at both campus Parking Structures on campus for the Law Commencement. Please plan to use either facility as there is limited street parking available on the north side of the campus. Although both facilities are within easy walking distance of the Commencement Ceremony in the Mission Gardens, it is recommend that all attendees arrive early to park and make their way to the event area, and to process through the security checkpoints.

The North “1063” Garage at Benton and Alviso Streets is slightly closer to the Mission Gardens, and may be fully occupied by the start of the event.

The Main “Central” Parking Structure is slightly closer to Charney Hall, the site of the reception following the Commencement Ceremony. The Structure has been able to accommodate overflow parking from the North Garage at past Law Commencements, so it is recommended as the first choice to park for those arriving late.

Please note that over-sized vehicles (stretch limos, shuttle vans, buses, RV’s, etc) cannot be parked in the structures and will be directed by Campus Safety staff to park off campus after dropping passengers off. Finally, please help the University be a good neighbor by not parking in commercial lots near the campus for the events unless you patronize the businesses they serve.

Reserved Seating and Reserved Parking for Those With a Disability

Reserved seating and parking will be available for individuals with medical or physical disabilities. Please complete the Reserved Seating-Parking form by clicking here. Please don’t wait until the last minute to complete this form! All forms must be completed by no later than Friday, May 8, 2020. All reserved seats will be released 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. All other seating and parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’d like to drop off relatives, family or friends please do so in the parking lot behind Adobe Lodge off of Lafayette Street. This is the closest area to the ceremony – but you may not park here!

There will be a handicapped shuttle available at the North Garage on 1063 Alviso Street to assist in moving those with mobility issues closer to the ceremony (in front of the Mission Church).


For any additional questions please contact the Dean’s Office, Charney Hall, Rm 311 at lawdeansoffice@scu.edu or (408) 554-4362.

Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr.Commencement Speaker: Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. United States District Judge for the Northern District of California

The Honorable Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. serves as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Gilliam was appointed by President Obama on September 8, 2014, and received his commission on December 19, 2014. Judge Gilliam graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 1991, and received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1994. After law school, Judge Gilliam clerked for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, then the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Judge Gilliam chairs the Northern District’s Community Outreach Committee, which focuses on building relationships with Bay Area communities and sharing information about the court’s work and the role of the federal judiciary. He also serves on the court’s Criminal Practice Committee. Judge Gilliam serves as Chair of the Northern District Practice Program, which sponsors continuing legal education programs focused on informing attorneys of new and important developments in the law and providing practical guidance and skill-building opportunities. Judge Gilliam also serves on the Ninth Circuit’s Public Information and Community Outreach Committee, as well as its Criminal Case Committee.

Judge Gilliam was in private law practice from 1995 to 1998 and worked at the U.S. Attorney’s San Francisco Office from 1999 to 2006, ultimately serving as Chief of the Securities Fraud Section. Before his appointment, Judge Gilliam’s law practice focused on white collar criminal and regulatory matters and internal investigations.

Hotel Recommendations

Candlewood Suites
481 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
(408) 241-9305
(across the street from the University)

The Mission Inn Santa Clara
859 El Camino Real, Santa Clara 95053
(408) 244-2840
(0.6 mile to the University)

Best Western University Santa Clara
1655 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 244-8313
(1.1 mile to the University)

DeAnza Hotel
233 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95128
Reservations: (800) 843-3700/ Hotel Direct: (408) 286-1000
(3 miles to the University)

The Fairmont Hotel San Jose
170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 998-1900
(4 miles to the University)

Marriott Hotel San Jose
301 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 280-1300
(4 miles to the University)

Hilton Hotel San Jose
300 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 287-2100
(6.4 miles to the University)

Other Downtown San Jose hotels


For any additional questions please contact the Dean’s Office (Charney Hall 311) at lawdeansoffice@scu.edu or (408) 554-4362.