Commencement Weekend

Ceremonies to mark the conclusion of our graduates’ time in law school will take place over the weekend of May 13 and 14

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Hooding Ceremony

May 13
2:00 p.m.
UDC Theater of the Arts

University Commencement

May 14
10:00 a.m.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Hooding Ceremony

May 13

2:00 p.m.

UDC Theater of the Arts

Basic Info

UDC Theater of the Arts is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, behind Potbelly Sandwich Shop, at Windom Pl. and Connecticut Ave. 

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. 

Guests must arrive by 1:45 p.m.

All attendees must have a ticket to enter.


The UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Hooding Ceremony will be livestreamed on the UDC Law YouTube channel at 2:00 p.m.


Please note that the COVID-19 policies below are subject to change. We will continue to monitor things as we get closer to the David A. Clarke School of Law Hooding Ceremony. We will let everyone know if anything changes. 

If you do not feel well the day of the event, you should stay home. Anyone who begins to experience signs of illness at the event should immediately leave the premises.

Vaccination Requirement

Proof of vaccination will be required for everyone ages 5 years and older. In addition, boosters are strongly encouraged.

Masking Requirement

Masks are required

If you do not want to wear a mask, you can opt out by showing proof of a negative rapid or PCR test taken within 24 hours of the Hooding Ceremony. Proof consists of a date/time stamped picture that includes both the test and a photo ID.

For fast check-in, it is recommended that you upload your negative test results prior to arrival at the Theater of the Arts building. To upload your test results, please visit the Hooding Ceremony ticket page within 24 hours of the Hooding Ceremony.

Commencement Speaker

James McMillan

Counted as one of the top music attorneys by Hollywood Reporter and Billboard magazines, entertainment impresario James McMillan, Esq. has merged his roles as lawyer, marketer, manager and visionary into being a founder and CEO of his own record label, ART@WAR Entertainment. Over the past 15+ years, McMillan has built a solid foundation and reputation based on integrity and emerged as a force balancing his creative and business inclinations.


James McMillan was born in Cleveland, Ohio to two educators working within the Cleveland Public School Systems.  “My mom taught me to never quit and always have empathy for what people are going through,” he says.  “My dad always told me to be fair and fight for what I truly believe in.”  It is with these two guiding principles that James began his foray into the entertainment world after a youthful indiscretion in his early 20’s landed a Felony Conviction on his record.  “I was young and doing stupid things and managed to fall into the wrong crowd and get into trouble,” McMillan says.  After being convicted, he took full responsibility for his actions and “realized that I needed to do better… to be better.”   As a result, he changed course and ultimately graduated from law school overcoming many obstacles to become a practicing attorney. His personal experience profoundly shaped his commitment to helping young people- especially artists- set themselves up for success in the entertainment business.

Over his 20+ year career, James McMillan has become a leader by identifying, working and building a varied range of clients including Highbridge The Label (A Boogie With A Hoodie), Kodak Black, Rap-A-Lot Records, Swisha House (Paul Wall and Mike Jones), music producers The Justice League and Cool and Dre, Floyd Mayweather, musician/actor Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), and legacy artists Slim Thug, Too Short, Nelly, 8 Ball & MJGMcMillan has also set up and negotiated deals with movie studios and every major record label group including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and more. This prepared him to execute his vision of creating an environment for artists to flourish and realize their fullest potential. He launched his own label, ART@WAR in 2017, with an auspicious start.

Within the first year of its existence the indie label’s roster which includes the YBN collective (YBN Nahmir, YBN Jay Almighty and Cordae), Jucee Froot, SK8, and Traetwothree (a partnership with Nick Cannon) boasted numerous gold and platinum records. Additionally, Cordae earned four Grammy nominations including Best Rap Album for his solo debut in 2020. ART@WAR has a joint venture with Atlantic Records and a partnership with Def Jam.

McMillan has learned a lot from those that have come before him like Sean “Diddy” Combs, James Prince and Clive Davis. His goals for the ART@WAR umbrella go well beyond platinum records and sold-out tours. He wants to carve out a place in pop culture history for his artists.

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Point of Contact for Graduates

Erica Smith

Dean of Students


Loretta Young-Jones

staff assistant for student affairs