Law

Graduation for the Class of 2022

With the graduation of the Class of 2022, the College of Law celebrates the 189th anniversary of its founding. 

Hooding Details

When: 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th. Doors open to guests at 12:00 p.m. Graduating students report at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Fifth Third Arena on the University of Cincinnati campus (2700 O'Varsity Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221). Find a campus map here. Guests may not bring any balloons or outside food or drink into the venue. There will be a bag check at the door. 

  • Cincinnati Athletics Clear Bag Policy: Guests and students will be able to bring one clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or a clear bag tote no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” – AND a small clutch bag or wallet that is roughly the size of a hand (no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”) into Fifth Third Arena. Non-approved bags include backpacks, camera cases, oversized purses and other large bags.

Hooding Speaker: This year's Hooding Speaker is UC Law alumnus Andrew Savage. Andrew is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Digital Media at Adobe and starred in the reality TV shows Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Cambodia.

Nicholas Longworth, III Alumni Achievement Award: This year's Longworth winner is UC Law alumnus Scott E. Knox.

Scott began his legal career in labor law and asbestos litigation, until the AIDS epidemic highlighted a lack resource and representation for members of the LGBTQ community. Scott then began doing estate planning and discrimination cases for LGBTQ clients. In the early 1990s Scott fought against City of Cincinnati ordinances that discriminated against people based on their sexual orientation. Later in the early 2000’s Scott tirelessly led efforts to repeal Article XII which prevented the Cincinnati City Council from passing any law that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Scott maintains his legal practice as a solo practitioner and continues to serve mainly in the areas of HIV/gay/lesbian/transgender issues. Scott serves on number boards and committees including Strategies to End Homelessness, Equality Cincinnati, and the Ohio State Bar Association Pro Bono Taskforce Committee.  

Guests: Students may invite as many guests as they wish and no tickets are required. Guests may not bring any balloons or outside food or drink into the venue. There will be a bag check at the door. Bag size is limited to 8" X 14".

  • Cincinnati Athletics Clear Bag Policy: Guests and students will be able to bring one clear bag – either a one-gallon Ziploc-style bag or a clear bag tote no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” – AND a small clutch bag or wallet that is roughly the size of a hand (no larger than 4.5” x 6.5”) into Fifth Third Arena. Non-approved bags include backpacks, camera cases, oversized purses and other large bags.

Guest hooders: Guest hooders are allowed to participate in the ceremony. Guest hooders must be a direct relative of the graduate and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law; or the hooder is a parent of the graduate and is faculty or adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Students requesting a guest hooder must notify Tonya Hampton by April 22nd (tonya.hampton@uc.edu).

Photography: A photographer will be there to take your photograph as you walk across the stage.  Students will also have the opportunity to have their portrait taken in their regalia before the ceremony.

Accessibility: Fifth Third Arena is fully accessible. Attendees are invited to submit accessibility accommodation requests at this link.

Parking: There is no parking located in the Arena, however, there are several parking garages nearby and guests can be dropped off in front of the Arena at the Bearcat statue. In addition, there will be a golf cart shuttle available from Corry Garage (2529 Scioto Ln.) to take one family at a time to the Arena entrance as needed. Corry and Calhoun garages will be free and open to the public. Find a campus map here.

Lodging and discounts: The Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown (2500 S. Market St., near the law building), is offering family and friends their UC Corporate Rate. Mention the UC Law graduation when you book your room(s) to receive this discount.

In addition, the Graduate Hotel Cincinnati (151 Goodman St.) is holding a block of rooms for your friends and family members and is also offering a discount for those who stay between May 13th and May 15th and book via this link before the April 14th deadline.

Interim Dean Verna Williams applauds during a hooding ceremony.