On Thursday, May 18, 2017, we will celebrate Convocation with over 800 JD and LLM/JSD graduates in two separate ceremonies at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. It is important that you review the following instructions to understand how the day will proceed and to familiarize yourself with your role. Your cooperation will help ensure that this day is special for everyone involved.
Each graduating candidate will receive nine guest tickets when they RSVP to attend the Law School Convocation. The registration site can be found HERE. The deadline to register for Convocation is March 24, 2017.
Tickets are for guests only, graduates will not need tickets. Please note tickets are for general admission seating. There is no reserved seating, with the exception of seats for individuals with special needs, which must be requested during registration.
Tickets will be distributed via NYU Ticket Central. Check your email and the Convocation website for exact dates and times. You must present your NYU ID at the time of pick-up.
Where do I go?
Convocation will be held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, May 18. Students are to enter Madison Square Garden through the main entrance, located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, on 7th Avenue at West 32nd Street.
When should I be there?
JD graduates should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. and proceed to the graduate line-up area. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for your guests. We encourage you to advise your guests to be seated by 10:25 a.m. The processional begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. The JD ceremony will end at approximately 1:30 p.m.
LLM/JSD graduates should arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. and proceed to the graduate line-up area. The doors will open at 2:00 p.m. for your guests. We encourage you to advise your guests to be seated by 2:55 p.m. The processional begins promptly at 3:00 p.m. The LLM/JSD ceremony will end at approximately 6:00 p.m.
What should I bring?
Your academic attire, (robe, hood, and tam) and your name card. Also, please make sure that all clasps and fasteners on the inside of your hood are undone.
Should I give my guests my handbag, briefcase, coat or umbrella?
YES, do not bring any personal belongings. Please give any items to your guests before you go to the graduate line-up area. There is nowhere for you to store your belongings before or during the ceremony. You will not be permitted to store anything below your seats in the theater as you may not return to the same seat following your hooding.
Can I make arrangements to leave tickets somewhere for my guests?
You are responsible for distributing your tickets to your guests.
Please be sure you have your name card and that all clasps and fasteners on your hood are undone. Drape your hood over your left arm, and hold your name card in your right hand. The tassel on your tam should be worn on the left.
How does the Hooding Ceremony work?
When you reach the stage, you will hand your name card to the Announcer’s Assistant. You will be directed by a staff member to wait before proceeding to the Hooding Platforms. As your name is read, proceed to the front of the Hooding Platform (there will be a mark on the stage indicating where you should stand), hand your hood to the Hooder, and face the audience. The Hooder will place the hood over your head, and then you will walk to Dean Morrison, shake hands, and continue walking to the other side of the stage to the photographer’s station (off-stage) where your photo will be taken by a professional photographer. After your photo is taken, you will be guided by staff members to return to your seating area.
What is the Legacy Hooding Ceremony?
Students with family members or spouses who graduated from NYU Law can elect to have their family members hood them on stage during a special Legacy Hooding Ceremony. When you register for Convocation, you will be asked to indicate whether you would like to have NYU Law alumni relatives (up to two) participate. 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
- Degree (JD or LLM)
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 very possible that you will not return to the same seat. For this reason, please do not bring personal belongings with you to the ceremony. 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.
Can my family take photographs during the ceremony?
Yes, of course! Do keep in mind, though, that guests are not permitted to approach the stage to take photographs. It is important for guests to remain seated throughout the entire Convocation ceremony. We rely on you to convey this message to your guests. Please do not stop the flow of the ceremony to take photos; professional 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.
How can I order the photos taken of me?
You will be photographed being hooded, standing with Dean Morrison, and posing near the NYU banner. To receive complimentary proofs of these photos, please contact Island Photography at 1-800-869-0908.
Convocation questions? Contact the Office of Student Affairs at (212) 998-6658 or firstname.lastname@example.org.