Commencement 2024

Commencement Banner featuring a group of students in cap and gown smiling

We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Commencement 2024 will be on Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

This year, Southwestern is celebrating its 109th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Rose Bowl. All students who have successfully completed coursework for the J.D., LL.M., or J.D./M.B.A. during Fall 2023, January 2024, Spring 2024, and July 2024 terms are invited to participate in the ceremony.

Grads should check their SW email regularly for Commencement announcements and reminders. Contact or visit the Administrative Services Office in W100 for any questions.

Southwestern extends its congratulations to you.


J.D. Invitation

2024 Commencement J.D. Invitation

2024 Commencement J.D. Invitation


LL.M. Invitation

2024 Commencement LL.M. Invitation

2024 Commencement LL.M. Invitation


2024 Commencement Program 

2024 Commencement Program Cover

2024 Commencement Program

PDF 2024 Commencement Program

The Commencement program lists graduates in alphabetical order in order of degree with LL.M. graduates listed first, followed by J.D. graduates. Honors Programs participants, recipients of certain scholarships or awards, and torchbearer graduates will be identified in the program as well. A graduate is considered to be a torchbearer if a member of the student's immediate family is a Southwestern alum, faculty, or staff member. Commencement programs will be available at the entrance of the venue and digitally online.

Please Return Your Graduate Regalia

The cap, gown, and hood are rentals and must be returned to Southwestern immediately after the ceremony. Caps, gowns, and hoods will be collected near the Rose Bowl exit after the ceremony.  There is no additional cost to the graduate for regalia rental; however, the Collegiate Cap and Gown Company will bill students for the full purchase value ($600) for any items which are not returned.

Tassels, stoles, and chords are yours to keep and should not be returned to Collegiate Cap and Gown with the other Commencement regalia after the ceremony.

Open House

Southwestern’s 2024 graduates and their families are invited to tour campus on Friday, May 17th, between 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. This will be a good opportunity for graduates to show their loved ones the Southwestern campus and enjoy photo opportunities.


The Administrative Services Office is open Mondays through Thursdays between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, and virtually on Fridays between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to assist you with your Commencement questions or arrangements. Administrative Services may also be contacted at (213) 738-6800 or via email at