Invitations & Tickets; Degree Clearance & Regalia
2008 Widener Law Delaware Commencement


Invitations, Announcements and Tickets

Each graduate will receive a generic packet of 12 announcements, 8 invitations, and 8 admission tickets. Ticketed guests will be seated under the tent. Additional seating for non-ticketed guests is available outside the tent. The ceremony will also be broadcast in to Polishook Hall. Additional announcements and personalized name cards can be purchased from Spencer Graphics by calling (610) 793- 2602. Order forms are available at the Registrar's Office. The Student Bar Association will manage additional tickets. If graduates surrender any unused tickets, the Student Bar Association will run a lottery to determine distribution.

Distribution of packets will occur at the Career Development Office the week of March 31st utilizing the following schedule:

  • Monday, March 31 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 1 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 2 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 3 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Degree Clearance

Pass/fail information for all graduates is due by Friday, May 16, 2008. Actual grades will not be available until five weeks after the last examination but in sufficient time to certify for the bar examination. Decisions regarding honors and awards are made based on fall grades. As part of the requirements for graduation, each graduate must file a petition to graduate. Also, each graduate must have financial clearance from the Bursar.

Any graduate who does not have final clearance may "walk through" graduation but will receive an empty tube. Further, any graduate participating in ITAP or graduating in August will also be permitted to "walk through" and will receive an empty tube.

Questions regarding graduation requirements or bar certifications should be directed to Ms. Lauren Piotti at (302) 477-2150.

Academic Regalia

All degree candidates will process in doctoral gowns with Widener University School of Law hoods and a mortarboard. The shipment of academic regalia is scheduled for arrival by the end of April. Distribution will begin on April 23rd from the Career Development Office area utilizing the schedule listed below:

  • Monday, April 21 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 22 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 23 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 24 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 25 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You are encouraged to pick up your cap, gown, and hood early in order to check for the correct size. We do not ask you to buy the academic regalia nor do we charge you a rental fee, therefore, all pieces (you may keep the tassel) must be returned immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony. If you leave campus with the regalia, you will be charged a rental fee; after three days, you will be charged $450.00 for the cost of the regalia. Tables for gown return will be set up in the main hall of the Law Building.