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Graduation and Commencement

Graduation Requirements

See Drake Law School's graduation requirements.


Commencement Ceremonies

Fall Commencement - 2020

University Ceremony - December 122020

On Oct. 22, Drake University announced the difficult decision to cancel its December commencement exercises as a result of the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. In place of its traditional ceremonies, the University held a virtual commencement celebration to recognize undergraduates and graduates of the Class of 2020.  

Spring Commencement - 2021

Law School Ceremony - Friday, May 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center.

We look forward to an in-person celebration of our May 2021 and May, August, and December 2020 law school graduates.

At 6 p.m. law school graduates are to line up alphabetically in the Opperman/Cartwright halls. The bagpiper processional will begin at 6:40 p.m.  Doors open to guests at 6 p.m. All guests are to have ticket confirmation with them upon entering the Knapp Center.

The commencement program is available online here:  Commencement Program - Spring 2021, and the ceremony will be livestreamed at

Lifetouch Special Events Photography will photograph each graduate who crosses the platform during the commencement ceremony. Go to for information about commencement photographs.

Additional information can be found here on the University's Spring Commencement page. Drake will continue to monitor COVID-19 case data and adhere to all local, state, and national guidelines regarding gatherings.



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