The "Graduation" or "Commencement" season is always a very joyful period...but only after many weeks and months of challenging classes, exams, theses, and other academic projects!
At the 150 U.S. law schools that have LL.M. programs for international students, LL.M. graduates participate in graduation ceremonies alongside recipients of other law degrees, including the J.D., S.J.D. / J.S.D., J.M. / M.J., or PhD in Law. There are often Graduation parties, receptions, lunches, and other activities to celebrate.
LL.M. graduates don academic robes, and join in the celebration, that always have a solemn side, but also a fun side.
Often the graduating LL.M. class will choose one member of the class to give an address to all classmates, family, friends, faculty, and others who attend. The chosen LL.M. graduate will usually only have several minutes to convey an important message to all who gather for the very important occasion.
Pictured above is Amr Jaghoub of Qatar who delivered the LL.M. Address at the University of Minnesota in 2012.
Pictured below is a mug that is a souvenir from the Harvard Law School LL.M. class of 2013.
If you enroll in a U.S. LL.M. program in the fall / autumn 2013, you too can graduate in May or June 2014!