Congratulations Class of 2020

Commencement Ceremony 2020

Looking for highlights of Virtual Commencement? Enjoy our staff and faculty Well Wishes video to our students as part of 2020 Graduation.

The Duquesne University School of Law Virtual Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 29, 2020.  Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Elliot Howsie, a 1998 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law, will deliver the commencement address.

We also look forward to a few VIP well wishes! Here's one from Kim Berkeley Clark, L'83 President Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas:

"I am proud to be a Duquesne Law School graduate. I take pride in being part of an institution that has produced so many accomplished lawyers and judges. I take pride in you, this newest class of lawyers, about to enter the profession, because I am confident that you will continue the legacy of excellence for which Duquesne Law School is known. I hope that in 20, 30, or 40 years you will look back on your law school experience and your ensuing career, and feel as I do today."

Tyler Bartholomew will represent the graduating class as the student speaker. Tyler commented on this unique celebration: 

"I would say that a virtual graduation is an interesting situation. While it is upsetting that I won't get to walk with my friends and fellow graduates, it is nice to be able to spend it with my family. Graduation is an important time for families and having the opportunity to experience it together instead of separate is a silver lining. It is also encouraging to see the way that the world has come together to celebrate all of the 2020 graduates. As for the final semester, it was a very abrupt ending, but it made me respect our faculty even more. I appreciate the way they were all able to pivot and continue teaching without compromising the integrity of the class and the value to the students. I think we were able to make the best of a bad situation and the most important thing is that we took steps to keep everyone happy and healthy."

The following link will become available shortly before the 10:00 a.m. Mass and the 11:00 a.m. commencement ceremony: If you have viewing trouble, please use this Commencement Mass link.

View the Celebration Banner

View the Graduation Announcement

Frequently Asked Questions

1. May we attend the Mass?

No, the Mass will be livestreamed.  Only the priest, cantor, and reader will be present.

2. Will my loved ones be able to watch a recording of the video after the scheduled start time?

Yes, after graduation a recording of the ceremony and the Mass will be available on the commencement link provided.

3. When will we get our diplomas?

Once all grades are in, you will be provided with a virtual diploma that you may use to provide to employers.  As soon as the printed diplomas are ready, you will be able to pick them up at the School of Law or have them mailed to you.

4. I would like to order a frame for my diploma.  What are the dimensions of the diploma?

11" H x 14" W

5. When should we order our cap and gown?

Once we schedule the in-person ceremony, information will be provided on how to order your regalia online.  Some 2020 graduates have asked to be able to order their regalia now for photo shoots.  You may do so online at

6. When will the class photo be taken?

The class photo will be taken the same day as the in-person ceremony.

7. When will I be able to access the commencement program book?

The program book will be made available simultaneously with the commencement link.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Law School Registrar's Office.