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Class of 2021 - Commencement Information


Commencement Details

Date: Friday, April 30th
Time: 1:00p.m.

Zoom for Graduates & Livestream on YouTube for Guests

Commencement Speaker: Chancellor Emerita Phoebe Haddon

Fall '20, Spring '21 and Summer '21 graduates that filled out the Commencement Participation Form will receive a calendar invitation and email with the Zoom Information. Only graduates who have elected to participate, faculty and staff will be invited to join the Zoom meeting that will host the Virtual Commencement.

We will be utilizing the list of those who filled out the form to participate during the program. You will receive the program details closer to the date, in addition to a tutorial on ‘hooding’.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, March 5th. The deadline to participate has passed. Questions? Email

Cap & Gown Information

All graduates who filled out the Commencement Participation Form will receive their items courtesy of the law school.

We provided your order to our vendor on March 30th. The vendor has informed us that your regalia [tams, gowns, hoods & tassel (and honor cord if it applies)] will be shipped to the address you provided to us on your Commencement Participation Form on April 11th and arrive on or about April 16th. Note that they have expedited this order for us, and this is the soonest it can be prepared and shipped.

If you have questions regarding your order, you may contact the vendor, CB Grad, directly at 833-714-0701 between 9am and 4pm CST.

Information for Family & Friends

Please provide the following YouTube link to your family and friends. This is how they will access the Live streamed Zoom Commencement Ceremony.

California Western School of Law Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Date: Friday, April 30th

Time: 1:00 PST

Location: YouTube – Click Here to Access

2021 Commencement Program Book

We are currently in production with our designer for the Program Book. If you got a headshot through Lauren Radack it will be included. If you did not, then contact Riley who will work with you to submit one on your own or your name will appear with the CWSL logo. We anticipate finishing production at the end of April and each graduate who submitted a Commencement Participation form will receive a copy. Post commencement, we will have a link for a digital copies for families and friends on the website.

Diploma Information:

Please note that the Registrar maintains your addresses for official school mailings (e.g. your diploma). Please make sure to update your address and any other important identifying information with them directly at

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Please click here to view the presentation from the Fall Virtual Grad Fair if you were unable to make it.

Below is a list of what was covered:

Career & Professional Development Office

  • Graduate Survey for Fall Graduates – Click here to complete.
  • Alumni Guide & Tips for Getting a Post-Bar

Questions? Email Heidi Weaver at

Bar Programs

  • Navigating costs and deadlines

Questions? Email Professor Carly Sassi at or review her recorded presentation above.

Access to Law Initiative Incubator Program

The Access to Law Initiative (ALI) is a law practice incubator program created exclusively for graduates of California Western School of Law who intend to pursue solo or small firm practice.
The mission of ALI is to provide tools and training to empower entrepreneurial and public service minded California Western School of Law alumni to make a living while making a difference. While serving the community’s legal needs, ALI provides members with critical training and post-graduate education.

Questions? Review Matt Lab’s recorded presentation during the Virtual Grad Fair or email him at

Office of Alumni Engagement

For assistance with alumni outreach please email Check your emails & social posts for information regarding engagement programs and events throughout the year! Stay Connected!

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graduates celebrating


California Western congratulates the Class of 2021 and looks forwards to welcoming each of you into the legal profession or wherever you choose to use your Juris Doctor. We wish we could be in person this year, but this is not possible due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic.

On behalf of the law school, we are pleased to provide each graduate with a gift valued at $210.00. The gift is in the form of a credit towards a CWSL Custom Frame, class rings or other options through our graduation vendor. We hope that providing a choice will allow you to select the gift which best fits your lifestyle and wishes. See the flyer below for details. If you have already paid for any of these materials through CB Grad, you can receive a refund for any costs you incurred up to $210.

Note that if you do not use the entire amount, it will be forfeited and is not redeemable for cash. Only CWSL Class of 2021 graduates may redeem the e-certificate.

Graduation Materials

Order your CWSL graduation materials from our vendor CB Announcements at:

  • Personalized Graduation Announcements
  • Photo Announcements
  • Thank You Notes
  • Envelope Seals
  • Envelopes
  • Announcement Covers
  • Diploma Frames
  • Return Address Labels

Class Rings

Visit the Balfour CWSL Site