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The Touro Law Center Commencement Exercises
will be held at 6:30 p.m. on
Sunday, May 17, 2015
at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY

 
 

Contact Information

 
Registrar’s Office:
Phone 631-761-7040
paulak@tourolaw.edu (This address will be checked up until 9:00 p.m. on May 16, 2015)
 
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts:
Phone 516-299-3100
Directions and Parking Information 
 
Island Photography:
Phone 516-767-1234
 

Prior to the Ceremony
Review the contents of the Convocation Packet, including deadlines and Commencement Ceremony information.
Class Orator/Class Professor: Voting for Class Orator and Class Professor will be held under the supervision of the Student Bar Association.

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Commencement Ceremony Information

Graduates will report to the Tilles Center Main Entrance, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY, to check in, no later than 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
 
Academic Attire: All graduates wear the Touro Law Center cap and gown. The hood will be carried over the left arm until the appropriate time in the ceremony when graduates are hooded. LL.M. students wear a gold stole and students graduating with honors wear gold honor cords. (No other cords are permitted.) You must have your cap, gown and hood with you. Hairpins are helpful to hold caps in place. Please have family members take charge of personal items, handbags, etc. Attire appropriate for the occasion is requested. Graduation gowns can be exceptionally warm on a hot day – graduates may be more comfortable without suit jackets.
 
A Touro Law Center Information Table in the lobby of the Tilles Center will be staffed with graduation volunteers.
Faculty marshals will assist with organizing the student procession. Your cooperation is needed and will be greatly appreciated so the student procession will be orderly and ready to enter the theater on time.
The Commencement Exercises will begin at 6:30 p.m. - sharp. It is your responsibility to be in place in the line of march no later than 6:00 p.m., ready to enter the hall precisely at 6:30 p.m.
Due to increased security measures, Graduates and guests are requested not to bring backpacks, bags, etc. into the Tilles Center. Such items may be subject to search by security personnel.
 
Doors to the Tilles Center will open for Guests at 5:45 p.m. Tilles Center personnel will be available to assist disabled guests with entrance to the theater and appropriate seating.
 
Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate during the ceremony. You will be sent proofs of your individual and class pictures for purchase. (Class photograph will be a composite of individual graduate, faculty and administration photographs). We request that family or friends taking pictures do not approach the stage area.
While we encourage the enthusiastic support of family and friends, graduates and their guests are expected to respect the solemnity and dignity of the occasion. Behavior that detracts from the ceremony will not be tolerated. We respectfully request that air horns not be brought into the theatre. The noise interrupts and prolongs the ceremony and denies other graduates and their families the joy of hearing names announced. Violators of this request will be asked to leave the theatre.

 

The Commencement Ceremony
 
Please pay close attention to Graduation coordinators and volunteers for directions.
The Commencement Herald will give directions to stand, be seated, etc.
 
The New York Brass Choir, Dean Karahalis, Conductor provides the music.
 
Faculty Marshals lead the student portion of the Academic Procession into the theatre. Graduates are directed to their seats in the center front of the auditorium. Graduates remain standing while the Academic Procession of Administrators, Faculty and Honored Guests enters the auditorium and ascends the stage.
 
The Commencement Exercises are declared open and all are asked to rise for the National Anthem and to remain standing for the Invocation.
 
  • Dr. Kadish delivers his remarks.
  • Dean Salkin delivers a brief welcome and presents several awards.
  • Dean Salkin will deliver her remarks.
  • Speakers deliver their remarks.
  • Groups of graduates will be presented by degree and completion date to Dr. Kadish for confirmation of the successful completion of degree requirements. Graduates will stand when their group is called and approach the stage at the direction of graduation coordinators.
  • Upon ascending the stairs to the stage, graduates names will be called. Graduates will cross to stage right to be hooded and photographed. Graduates will continue through the stage right curtain where another photograph will be taken. Graduates will then return to their seats. It is possible that Dr. Kadish will choose to stand and shake hands with graduates. If this is the case, please be respectful, and stop to shake his hand.
  • All will be asked to rise for the Benediction.
  • Faculty Marshals will rejoin their graduate groups and the Commencement Exercises will be declared closed.
  • The Academic Procession of Graduates will leave the auditorium followed by the Administrators, Faculty and honored guests.
  • There will be a Post- Commencement Reception in the Lobby of the Tilles Center.
 
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Cap and Gown Return – Bookstore personnel and graduation volunteers will be available in the lobby of the Tilles Center for graduates to return gowns (and gold stoles for LL.M. graduates). The hood and cap are yours to keep. The gowns are rentals only and graduates will be charged for gowns that are not returned. Please remember that degrees cannot be conferred until all obligations to the Law Center are satisfied including the return of graduation gowns. Your cooperation in promptly returning these items will be appreciated.
 
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What if graduation requirements are not complete by May 17th (the Commencement Ceremony)?
All May 2015 graduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony are considered to be candidates for graduation. Diplomas are not distributed at the ceremony. All requirements must be complete by the degree conferral date – June 2, 2015.
Graduation Honors: May 2015 Valedictorians, Salutatorians and Honor Graduates will be determined by December 2014 cumulative GPAs. Graduates earning these honors will wear gold honor cords as part of their academic attire for the ceremony and their names will be included on a page in the Commencement Program.
 
G.P.A requirements for Graduation Honors are: Cum Laude 3.533 – 3.732 Magna Cum Laude 3.733 – 3.932
Summa Cum Laude 3.933 and above
 
Professors are required to submit final grades for graduating students by Friday, May 29, 2015.
 
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Degree Conferral/Bar Certification Information

Degrees for May 2015 graduates will be conferred on June 2, 2015. Immediately following the entry of degree information into the academic records system, diplomas will be ordered. It takes approximately 6 weeks for diplomas to be printed and mailed to graduates. Graduates will be notified, via Touro email, when degrees are conferred and diplomas have been ordered. Your Touro email account will remain open for one year from your graduation date.
 
Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) – All applicants who have passed the bar examination and are seeking admission to practice law in New York State must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) prior to being certified by the Board to the Appellate Division.
 
The passing score in New York for the MPRE is 85.
 
 
The MPRE can be taken before or after the bar examination, however, the applicant must pass the MPRE within three years either before or after passing the New York bar examination, as measured from the date the applicant sat for each examination. Therefore, if it has been more than three years since an applicant took and passed the MPRE, the applicant will be required to re-sit and pass the MPRE before the applicant may be certified to the Appellate Division as having passed the bar examination.
 
Applicants must designate New York as the jurisdiction to which the score should be reported or have an official score report sent to the Board by the NCBE. Your packet includes a form for the purpose of transferring the MPRE score to New York, if you did not designate New York when you took the exam – for instance, if you took the exam in New Jersey, or another jurisdiction. If you need to transfer the MPRE score to a jurisdiction other than New York, information is included to direct you to the website where you will be able to do so.
 
Applicants who have not submitted to the Board proof of having taken and passed the MPRE by the time the bar examination results are released, will be notified that they have passed the bar examination but the Board will NOT certify such applicants to the Supreme Court, Appellate Division. Such applicants will have three years from the date of the letter sent by the New York State Board of Law Examiners notifying the applicant that the applicant has passed the bar examination to take and pass the MPRE otherwise they will have to re-sit the bar examination.
 
The MPRE is administered three times each year, in March, August and November. Applications and information regarding the MPRE is available from NCBE at http://www.ncbex.org/about-ncbe-exams/mpre/.
 
NYS Bar Examination applications (available beginning April 1, 2015) must be submitted on-line, to the Board of Law Examiners website, by April 30, 2015. https://www.nybarapply.org/. Once you submit the application, the Board of Law Examiners will e-mail a completed Certificate of Attendance to you. They will also email another copy of the Handwriting Sample form. Both forms will have bar codes for your unique identification. Please complete the handwriting sample and return both the Certificate of Attendance and the Handwriting Sample form to the Registrar’s Office. These forms will be used to certify your eligibility to sit for the NYS bar exam.
 
Immediately following the conferral of degrees, certification documents for the New York State Bar Examination will be sent to the New York State Board of Law Examiners to meet the deadline of June 15, 2015.
 
If you do not plan to sit for the July 2015 administration of the NYS Bar Examination, please notify the Registrar’s office. This information enables us to more accurately calculate the bar pass rate.
 
If you are taking a bar exam in another jurisdiction, please check the application information carefully to familiarize yourself with procedures and deadlines. Every state is different. In the application process there will be a form that will need to be signed by the Registrar certifying that you have completed degree requirements and are eligible to sit for the exam.