The following email was sent to NYU Law students on March 25, 2020.
As you have likely seen, President Hamilton announced with regret that we will have to reimagine our graduation exercises for 2020. Convocation is one of our favorite parts of the year, as it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your achievements. In light of the current guidance, however, it is not possible or responsible to hold our traditional ceremony in May. We know you are disappointed, and we are too.
Graduating from law school is a major milestone and as we mentioned during Monday’s Town Hall, we want to find appropriate ways to recognize your accomplishments. They are worthy of celebration, perhaps even more so this year as we face these unanticipated and unprecedented challenges.
To that end, a team has begun working diligently to find meaningful ways to celebrate your successes while departing from our traditional ceremony. We have consulted with the SBA and are grateful for their guidance and insights. Because this occasion is for you, your family and your friends, we want to take into account your thoughts and feedback on a virtual ceremony in May, as well as an opportunity for an in-person celebration at some point in the future.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts.
This year's program will look different. What remains unchanged is our pride in your work and achievements. Whatever form the events take, we are committed to celebrating you and your transition from law student to law graduate and member of the NYU Law alumni community.
Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law
Dean of Students
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion