During the Convocation ceremony, each graduate will come on stage, have his/her name read, and receive a doctoral hood from a faculty member. Graduates who have alumni family members are invited to participate in the Legacy Hooding Ceremony.
Directions for registering relatives for the Legacy Hooding Ceremony
(NYU Law alumni only)
When you RSVP for Convocation, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to have relatives who graduated from NYU School of Law (up to two) participate in the hooding ceremony. You will be asked to provide contact information for each individual, so be certain to have the following information on hand when you RSVP: full name, e-mail address, mailing address, daytime phone number, year of graduation from NYU School of Law, and degree.
Hooding Ceremony FAQ's
What is the Hooding Ceremony?
It is an opportunity for each graduating student to be recognized individually. Once your name is read, you will walk towards a faculty member and face the audience. The faculty member will place the hood over your head, and then you will walk towards Dean Revesz. You will then walk to the other side of the stage where your photo will be taken by a professional photographer. You will exit behind the photographer and be directed by an Aisle Director to an available seat. (For more information on Island Photography, click here).
How will this work with over 450 people?
There will be one line and two faculty members who will be hooding. Please pay careful attention and be certain to keep the line moving at all stages of this process. With the number of people we want to honor, every second counts. Also, while you are on line, please be quiet to ensure that you are not interfering with what is happening on stage.
What do I do with the name card and hood?
Hold your name card in your right hand and your academic hood in your left. While you are on line, check (if you have not already) to make sure that all clasps or fasteners on the hood are undone. When you reach the stage, hand your name card to the Reader Helper and pause. If both Hooders are occupied with students you will be directed to wait at the podium. PLEASE DO NOT STAND AND WAIT IN FRONT OF THE STUDENT BEING HOODED. Once a student walks away from a Hooder, you will then be directed to walk in front of the podium to the available faculty member. Hand your hood to the faculty member and face the audience. He/she will place the hood over your head.
Can my family take photographs during the ceremony?
Unfortunately, we do not permit guests to approach the stage to take photographs. It is important for guests to remain seated throughout the entire Convocation ceremony. We are relying on you to convey this message to your guests. We invite you to take photos after Convocation at the step-and-repeat photo station located on 75th Street.
How can I order the photos taken of me?
Only the designated photographer (Island Photography) will take your photo as you come across the stage. You will be captured being hooded, standing with Dean Revesz and posing near the NYU banner. Please do not stop the flow of the ceremony to take these photos; the photographers will capture you as you naturally progress from station to station. Because seconds matter in this effort to honor everyone in a timely manner, it is important for you to keep the line moving. To receive complimentary proofs of these photos, click here.
After I am hooded and have my photo taken, where do I go?
You will return to the seating area where Aisle Directors will guide you to available seats. It is possible that you may not return to the same seat you had before the processional. Please move purposefully and quickly. Any congestion on this end will impact other parts of the ceremony. Once seated, you will wait until the last person crosses the stage.
For questions regarding the Hooding Ceremony contact the Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Modified 1/9/2013