Student Affairs

Faculty Information

If you are a faculty member and wish to RSVP for the All-University Commencement, the Law School Send-Off Reception, and/or the Law School Convocation, click this link [RSVP link will be posted in January 2016].  When you RSVP, you will also have the opportunity to submit academic attire orders.  The deadline for faculty RSVPs is March 25, 2016.

Read on for faculty-specific information about graduation events. 

All-University Commencement

Send-Off Reception

Law School Convocation


Yankee Stadium
Bronx, New York 10451
9:00 a.m. Departure from Washington Square
If you registered to attend, you MUST take the bus provided by the University. It is the only way to access the reserved entrance for faculty to enter the stadium.
11:00 a.m. Procession begins

For more information about Commencement, click here.

LAW SCHOOL SEND-OFF RECEPTION: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, and Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan Street
3:00-5:00 p.m.

The Send-Off Reception is held for graduates and their guests. Faculty members are invited to join in celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2016. Enjoy live music and light refreshments.

LAW SCHOOL CONVOCATION: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway (Between West 74th and 75th Streets)
New York, NY 10023

JD Ceremony

9:30 a.m. Faculty arrive
10:30 a.m. Procession begins
1:30 p.m. Approximate end of ceremony

LLM Ceremony

2:30 p.m. Faculty arrive
3:30 p.m. Procession begins
6:30 p.m. Approximate end of ceremony

Faculty Attire Registration

Registering for Faculty Academic Attire

  • First-time participants without their own attire: If this is your first time participating in Commencement and/or Convocation, be sure to include your measurements when you RSVP.  Measurements you will need:
         1. Robe - your height (wearing shoes)
         2. Degree Hood - the highest degree earned (BA, MA, PhD, etc.)
         3. College/University - where you earned your degree (NYU, Berkeley, Penn State, etc.)  
  • Returning faculty participants without their own attire:  If you are a returning faculty member, you do not need to indicate your measurements when you RSVP, as we have them on file.
  • If you have your own academic attire: If you have registered to attend Commencement and/or Convocation you MUST bring your academic attire to both ceremonies.  If you have registered to attend Commencement, you must wear your attire before you board the bus to Yankee Stadium.  If you have registered to attend the Law School Convocation and would like your attire available for pickup at the Beacon Theatre, please email to make arrangements. 

Retrieving Faculty Attire

  • Attending Commencement:  A representative from the Office of Student Affairs will contact you and your assistant.  Please note that if you are also attending Convocation, you will receive special instructions about your academic attire.
  • Attending Convocation:  Your attire will be waiting for you at the Beacon Theatre.

 Returning Faculty Attire

  • Attending Commencement Only:  During your attire delivery, you will be notified that you must return your attire to a representative at the Office of Student Affairs.  There will be attire collection bins at Yankee Stadium, but please DO NOT return your attire there.
  • Attending Commencement AND Convocation:  You must hold onto your attire after Commencement (you will receive special instructions when your academic attire is delivered).  After the Convocation ceremony, return your academic attire at the Beacon Theatre.

Participating in Hooding Ceremony

If you indicated on your RSVP form that you would like to participate in hooding students during the Hooding Ceremony, please read the information below.  We will review the hooding procedures for you onsite, but the general process is as follows:

As in the past, once the reader announces student A’s name, the student will walk away from the reader to a faculty hooder. When student A reaches the hooder, the reader will then say the name of student B. If there is any traffic congestion, the stage manager, TBA,  will signal the reader to pause.  There are two faculty hooders at once to help manage the traffic flow. Please hood the students as efficiently as possible while minimizing adjustments to their attire afterward. The stage manager, TBA,  will ensure that there is a steady stream of students to both faculty hooders.  We will have booster platforms available for faculty members who are participating in the hooding of graduates.

We are thrilled to have you be an integral part of the most significant moment in the ceremony for our students.


Platform Party Information

If you were invited to join the Platform Party (onstage during the Convocation ceremonies), please read the below information.

Platform Party Arrival:  (Location TBA, will be near Beacon Theatre)
                                                  JD Ceremony at 9:00 a.m.
                                                  LLM/JSD Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.

Processional Line-Up:  JD Ceremony at 10:15 a.m.
                                           LLM/JSD Ceremony at 3:15 p.m.

Ceremony Length:  Approximate length of ceremonies
                                     JD Ceremony: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
                                     LLM/JSD Ceremony: 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Upon arrival at the Platform Party holding area [location TBA], an NYU staff member will greet you and give you directions for the processional.  A light breakfast will be available. 

Robing will take place in (a nearby location).  We have arranged to have the academic attire that was ordered for you pressed and delivered.  It will be distributed to you when you arrive.  Coat check will be provided so you can leave your belongings nearby during the ceremony.  Please note that following the ceremony, you will be responsible for returning your academic attire.

The Law School photographer will be taking photographs of the platform party, special guests, trustees, donors, and students.

All members of the platform party must begin lining up at 10:15 a.m. for the JD Ceremony and 3:15 p.m. for the LLM/JSD Ceremony.  An NYU staff member will escort you to the front of the Beacon Theatre, where you will wait until the student processional is completed before processing into the theatre.

There will be a formal recessional at the end of Convocation.  Please plan on staying for the entire program and participating in the recessional.  You will be cued by an NYU staff member to begin the recessional.


Nominating Students for Convocation Awards

Faculty are invited to submit nominations for Student Convocation Awards.  The deadline to submit Convocation Award nominations is March 4, 2016.  Convocation Awards are given to graduating JD and LLM candidates in a variety of categories.  Faculty interested in nominating a student should refer to the complete award chart and contact the professor designated.

These award recipients are chosen through a nomination process that is defined by category:

Scholarship and Academic Excellence Awards (JD)

You will note that the Overall Achievement Awards are overlapping.  You may combine award names (e.g., Sommer, Butler, Goodman, Foulk) when you submit your nomination. Please make every effort to nominate students who you know to be outstanding for these awards.  Include a statement in support of the nominee that highlights their outstanding credentials.  Faculty recommendations are critical to the Committee's decision-making.  Convocation Awards are also given to the three JD students with the highest GPAs after five semesters and the LLM student with the highest GPA after two semesters.

Community Service Awards: Vanderbilt Medals and Dean John Sexton Prize (JD & LLM)

Vanderbilt Medals and the Dean John Sexton Prize are designed to recognize students that have made a significant contribution to our community.  Specifically, Vanderbilt Medals are given to several students for "outstanding contributions to the School of Law" and the Dean John Sexton Prize is awarded to a "law student whose outstanding service to the Law School community exemplifies the values of Dean Sexton."

The recipients are students who have distinguished themselves in their commitment to the Law School through their work in student groups, journals, or other Law School activities and events. Your nomination statement should include: nominee's name and nominee's degree (JD or LLM).
In addition, describe the following:

  • List activities and/or organizations at NYU School of Law with which the nominee is or has been involved (where applicable indicate leadership position held in organization).
  • Discuss the nominee's contributions to NYU School of Law through activities and organizations affiliated with the Law School.  Please be as specific as possible in your comments.

Subject Area and Specialization Awards (JD & LLM)

Subject area awards are conferred for outstanding achievement in various fields of law.  These awards are based on scholarly or other excellence of the type described, and can include superior quality work on a paper or note.