WMU-Cooley Graduation

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Graduation is one of the most important days in the life of a law student. It's a day of memories and emotion to last a lifetime. Review the details and helpful information below. 

If you missed crossing the stage for your graduation due to the pandemic, and could use an inspirational and uplifting keynote address, enjoy WMU-Cooley Professor Emeritus Joseph Kimble's heartening and entertaining speech from the 2018 fall graduation commencement.

Health & Safety Update 

WMU-Cooley August/September Graduation Ceremonies Announcement 

Concern for the health and safety of members of the WMU-Cooley community and their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to guide the decisions made by the law school’s leaders. Since mid-March, our federal, state, and local governments have issued rules and guidelines to direct behavior and activity. Some states have loosened restrictions recently and have experienced spikes in virus cases.  Many of the restrictions guiding gatherings of large groups of people remain in place.  Health officials are indicating the virus’s impact may continue into the late summer months and well into the fall.

These developments regrettably dictate the necessity to postpone the law school’s August (Florida) and September (Michigan) 2020 graduation ceremonies, along with the May 2020 ceremonies. These ceremonies are being postponed, but not cancelled. Members of the upcoming class deserve, and will have, a graduation ceremony at a later date. Graduates, their families, and friends will be given enough notice so that they can plan to attend. The ability to make travel plans, prepare for the bar exam, and availability of venue will be considerations for choosing new graduation dates. 

Be assured the degrees for graduates will be and have been conferred as normal by action of WMU-Cooley’s Board of Directors upon certification of completion of the degree in August 2020, as the Board also did for the May 2020 class. All bar certifications, verifications for employment, and other school services will be delivered at the usual time of the semester. 

We appreciate your patience and regret the delay of the celebration of one of your most outstanding achievements in life.  Please direct any questions or comments about graduation to [email protected]

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William Strong Class Commencement

(Tampa Bay August 2020 Graduation Postponed)

USF Marshall Center

(Michigan September 2020 Graduation Postponed)

MSU Wharton Center

Stephen Johnson Field Class Commencement

(Tampa Bay Spring 2020 Graduation Postponed)

USF Music Hall

(Michigan Spring 2020 Graduation Postponed)

Michigan State University

Complete all of your paperwork by visiting the Graduation page located on the WMU-Cooley portal here.

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Tickets & Accommodations

Tickets are required for each graduation. Graduates will be emailed before the ceremony to assess the number of tickets required. Seating is on a first come first served basis.

If you or your guests need special accommodations to attend graduation, please contact ESS at [email protected] here.

Photos & Video

A professional photographer will take photos of graduates as they receive their diploma during the ceremony. Each graduate will be mailed a complimentary copy of his or her photo, along with information on how to order additional copies. In addition, the graduation ceremony will be recorded and a downloadable file will be available for purchase following the ceremony from the WMU-Cooley Law Bookstore.

Michigan Travel Information

Go to the following links to find area Airports: Lansing | Detroit | Grand Rapids | Flint
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Florida Travel Information

Go to the following links to find area airports: Tampa International
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Questions regarding the graduation ceremony can be directed to the Student Services Office at (517) 371-5140, ext. 2846 or [email protected].


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