Student Affairs

Information for Convocation Day: Thursday, May TBD, 2015

On Thursday, May TBD, 2015, we will celebrate Convocation with over 800 JD and LLM graduates in one ceremony. It is important that you review the following instructions to not only understand how the day will proceed, but also to be familiar with your role.  Your cooperation will help ensure that this day is special for everyone involved and attending.

The sections covered are:
    1. Logistics-the what, where, and when details for graduating students.
    2. Processional-where to meet and what to expect before entering The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
    3. Hooding Ceremony-explains what will happen on the stage.
    4. Recessional-instructions as the ceremony ends.
    5. Guests- the what, where and when details for your guests.


Where do I go?
Students must check in at 9:30 a.m. at the Robing Area located at The Theater at Madison Square Garden located on 7th Avenue (between West 33 and 34 streets).

When should I be there?
graduates are expected to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for you and guests. We encourage you to advise your guests to be seated by 10:15 a.m. The processional begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

What do I bring?
You must have your academic attire (robe and tam) and phonetic name card. If the phonetic spelling is inaccurate, please go to the concierge table, ask for a replacement card, spell your name properly, and keep the new card.

Should I give my guests my handbag, briefcase, coat or umbrella?
Yes, please do not bring any personal belongings to the Robing Area. There is nowhere to store your belongings before or during the ceremony, please give your personal belongings (handbags, briefcases, umbrellas and/or coats) to your guests before you go to the Robing Area. You will not be permitted to store anything below your seats in The Theater. Please note that you will not process back to your original seat after crossing the stage.



Where do I line-up?
Enter through the main entrance of Madison Square Garden located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Avenue between West 32 and 33 streets).  You will then go to the Student Concierge table where you can check in and make sure you have everything you need for the ceremony: robe, tam and phonetic name card.  Once you are confirmed to have all of your items, you will be directed to the Robing Area to line up before being led into The Theater.  Please note that the hallway line up is a large area and there will be directional signs.  ALL GRADUATES should be at the Robing Area at 9:30 a.m.  NOTE for LLMs: You will grouped by your specialization.

What happens once we are in The Theater?
The processional enters the Theatre in two lines.  Aisle Directors will direct you to your seats.  When you reach your seat, Please remain standing until the ceremony begins.  It is not necessary to remove your cap during the National Anthem.


What is the Hooding Ceremony?
It is an opportunity for each graduating student to be recognized individually.  While 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 Morrison to shake his hand. You will then walk to the other side of the stage where your photo will be taken by a professional photographer from Island Photography.  You will exit behind the photographer and be directed by an Aisle Director to an available seat.

How will this work with over 800 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.  Keep in mind that there will be NYU Law staff directing you through every step.

What do I do with the name card?
Hold your name card in your right hand.  You will be prompted by an Aisle Director to get up from your row and walk towards a hallway.  From the hallway you will be directed to the stage.  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.  When you reach the faculty member turn around and face the audience.  The Faculty member 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 outside of Madison Square Garden or back on campus at the reception.

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 Morrison 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 request 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 an available seat. It is likely 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 closing remarks from Dean Morrison.



Do we leave automatically after the last person has been hooded?
No, Dean Morrison will make brief closing remarks, and then the faculty will exit. Once the faculty has departed, the music will change and you will be guided by an Aisle Director to recess out of The Theater. Please wait for the faculty to leave before beginning the recessional.

Where will we graduates be after exiting the Theater?
You will exit through the same entrance you entered.  You can plan ahead to meet your guests on 7th Avenue.

What do we do with our academic attire?
Your hood, cap and gown MUST BE RETURNED. There will be a collection box near the main entrance to Madison Square Garden.  There will also be attire collection boxes in Furman Hall, Kushner Lounge until 9:00 p.m. that day.  Students who do not return their attire on May TBD will be responsible for shipping it at their own expense to:
Herff Jones
Attn: NYU Law Returns
1000 N. Market Street
Champaign, IL 61820



Where do they go and when should they arrive?
All guests should arrive at the main entrance of Madison Square Garden located at 4 Pennslyvania Plaza located on 7th Avenue (between West 33rd and 32nd streets).  Guests can only enter The Theater via the main entrance and must have their tickets to be seated.  Please understand that this is a special occassion for many families, including the graduating students and no one will be allowed to enter through the student line up area.  Also guests and family members will not be allowed to visit the students in the Robing Area.  Note due to increased security measures, please allow extra time to clear security checkpoints.  The doors will open to ALL guests at 9:30 a.m.

Guests with limited mobility needs, specifically have a walker or wheelchair MUST enter The Theater through the main entrance located at 4 Penn Plaza (West 32nd Street on 7th Avenue).  Please note that this entrance is limited to guests of students who have indicated special seating when they RSVP for Convocation.

What happens if guests arrive late?
Guests will not be permitted into The Theater until after the processional.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Guests must be seated by 10:20 a.m.

What if I don’t use all of my tickets or I need more tickets?
Before Convocation: Please bring any tickets you do not plan on using to the Office of Student Affairs, Furman Hall, Room 474.  Any extra tickets will be distributed to students on a first-come-first-serve basis at a later date announced in May.

Day of Convocation: Go to the Information Table located in the lobby of Madison Square Garden. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., any additional tickets that are still available will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Can I make arrangements to leave tickets somewhere for my guests?
You are responsible for distributing your tickets to your guests.  In case of an emergency, you may leave your tickets at the Will Call Table located at the entrance of Madison Square Garden.

Can my guests take pictures during the ceremony?
We ask that all guests remain in their seats. If they are able to take pictures from their seats, then they are permissible, but they will not be permitted to stand in the aisles to take photographs.

Where do we meet after Convocation?
Your guests will join you outside Madison Square Garden on 7th Avenue.

For questions about Convocation, contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (212) 998-6658.

Last Modified 7/28/2014