Organized Events and Cancellations

Southwestern is taking a proactive approach to slowing the potential transmission of COVID-19. All law school-sponsored on and off-campus events have already been canceled or postponed through April 12. With the most recent national and local guidance from health and government agencies, it would be prudent to assume that this will likely extend until at least May 1.


Southwestern will be canceling our May 11th graduation ceremonies, which were to be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. 

We are exploring creative alternatives for celebrating the accomplishments of this graduating class. We will be reaching out to you in the near future to solicit your input on some of the possibilities we are considering, including a delayed in-person ceremony, a virtual graduation ceremony, and perhaps other alternatives.

Read Dean Susan Prager's message to the Graduating Class of 2020. 

4/22/20 - Commencement Update

Dear Graduates:

I hope this email finds you all well and safe.  I would like to provide an update regarding your Commencement ceremony. I would first like to thank your SBA Board for keeping us connected and ensuring that we understand your preferences, so Southwestern can honor your requests during these uncertain times.

I also want to thank the many of you who completed the SBA survey. The results indicated that the overwhelming preference is for a delayed, in-person ceremony, and this was exciting news for us.  Southwestern is committed to making this happen for all of you. There are still many details that will have to be worked out based on the guidance from public health entities. The ceremony date, event format, and attendance capacity are a few of the details we will have to determine at a later date. 

Read the full message here.