School of Law Ceremony

Saturday, May 11, 2:30 p.m.

Hawkins Arena, University Center


Rehearsal will take place on Friday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. in Hawkins Arena. Please arrive at the University Center-Hawkins Arena area by 11:15 a.m. We will go through the ceremony and do a walk through so everyone will feel comfortable with the process. This rehearsal will address any questions you have and alert the staff to any changes that need to be made. The rehearsal will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Graduation Day

Graduates should arrive at the Mercer University Center no later than 1:00 p.m.  Students will assemble downstairs in the basketball/intramural area.  Family members and guests should go directly to the seating areas in the arena–they may be seated as early as 1:00 p.m. Graduates should leave personal belongings with relatives or friends who are attending the ceremony.


No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a designated photo area for family/friends during commencement (facing the stage, the photo area is located on the left side of the arena near the stadium seats and marked with stanchions). No one is allowed on the arena floor during commencement.


Parking nearest to the University Center is limited to handicap parking only. See map of parking areas available during commencement. Trolley/Golf carts will pick up and drop off individuals in the designated parking areas to shuttle to/from the marked parking areas and University Center.

Live Stream

Commencement will be live streamed at


Students may borrow or purchase regalia from a prior student but will need to be sure to have all (4) pieces: a cap, a gown, a hood, and a tassel.

The academic cap is worn level at all times. The tassel hangs on the left of the cap. The cap, tassel, gown and hood are considered the formal academic attire. Only cords approved by the University will be allowed. No other regalia or decoration is allowed.

Please hang up your gown prior to graduation day. Generally, the wrinkles will fall out after a day or two, but exposing them to steam will help hasten the process.

Suggested Commencement Attire for Women

  • Dark dress or pants, cool fabric                
  • Dark low heel or flat shoes                    
  • No jeans                            
  • No high collars or bows at the neck                
  • No corsages or jewelry on the robe
  • No sneakers, no flip-flops

Suggested Commencement Attire for Men

  • Dark trousers, white shirts, tie is optional
  • Dark dress shoes and socks
  • No jeans
  • No sandals, no sneakers, no flip-flops

Ceremony Etiquette

  • Improper attire, signs, and insignia are not acceptable and will be removed by the marshals.   
  • Cell phones should be turned off.
  • Personal items should not be left in the intramural area. Please leave them with your family or friends.


Following the commencement ceremony, the Law School will host a reception in Heritage Hall, located outside of the arena. Refreshments will be provided.


Area Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn (adjacent to campus)

1220 Stadium Drive                
(478) 741-5527
Book a room (Company name: Mercer University)

Marriott Residence Inn (7 miles to campus: off I-75)

3900 Sheraton Drive
(478) 475-4280
Use group code: Mercer University – General

Homewood Suites by Hilton (11 miles to campus: off I-75)

200 North Macon Street
(478) 477-9776
Use group code: MUC

Macon main campus graduation is in the afternoon the same day ours, so make hotel reservations early!

The address for GPS devices is 1501 Mercer University Drive. This will bring guests in from Exit 163 off of I-75—they will enter campus from Mercer University Drive.

Further Information

Please contact Tracy Jackson at 478-301-5023 or at least one week prior to the event to request alternative formats or accessible seating due to a disability. In all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations. Handicapped/ADA parking is available on the upper lot adjacent to the UC (with an official tag or decal).