Fordham Law to Host First-Ever Virtual Diploma Ceremony


Join the ceremony at 11 a.m. EDT on May 18 at

On May 18, Fordham Law School will host its 113th annual diploma ceremony. Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the cancellation of all in-person events at Fordham University, this year’s ceremony will be held as a virtual celebration for the very first time in the Law School’s history. An in-person celebration will take place in the fall when it has been determined it is safe to do so.

The ceremony will include an invocation from Fr. Michael McCarthy and remarks by Law School Dean Matthew Diller. Robert A. Katzmann, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will address the graduates. Judge Katzmann has served as chief judge since 2013 and is one of the nation’s leading jurists. He is also a force in the access to justice movement and has launched several initiatives designed to address the shortfall in legal services for our country’s most vulnerable individuals.

The president and vice president of the Student Bar Association will announce awards for Teacher of the Year and Adjunct of the Year. Professor Daniel Capra will present the Eugene J. Keefe Award and awards to students. 

The program will incorporate video messages from students and from faculty. The ceremony will also feature an announcement of the 565 names of the graduating students.

All students, faculty, and staff, as well as parents and friends, are invited to view the virtual commencement ceremony, which will begin streaming at 11 a.m. EDT on May 18 at The page, which will feature a slide for each graduate and live social media streams, will be available on-demand, so graduates and their families in different time zones can watch at their convenience. It will remain live for viewing for one year.

Graduates, families, and friends can tag their photos and videos on social media with #FordhamLaw2020 while viewing the video stream.


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