Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Gerald W. Lynch Theatre

*All graduating Master's students (students receiving Master's Degrees only) who are candidates for graduation are invited to participate in the Graduate Hooding Ceremony. A Hooding Ceremony adds to the graduation experience by making it possible to focus on advanced degree candidates and their accomplishments. It allows graduate faculty, staff, and fellow peers a chance to witness the ceremonial hooding of a graduate student.

The event is open to graduating graduate students only. Please note that due to space contraints, students can only invite 3 guests to attend. The event will be live-streamed to the John Jay website and we encourage family members to watch the ceremony from the comfort of their own homes. Please note that this ceremony will not replace Commencement for graduate students but is in addition to our Commencement ceremonies.



History & Significance of a Graduate Hood

The origins of academic dress date back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form. The hood that forms part of today's academic dress was originally a head covering for bad weather. Later it was dropped to the shoulders in the form of a small cape. Eventually, the hood became a separate piece of apparel bearing even more symbolism than the gown. Today, hoods are the most expressive component of the academic costume. They serve to communicate the owner's school, degree and field of study through their length and the colors of the lining and binding. Today's hoods have evolved from a serviceable article of clothing to a type of elongated scarf draped over the shoulders and displayed down the back with the lining turned inside out.

John Jay's master's degree graduates and candidates receive their hood because of the level of education they have pursued beyond the baccalaureate degree. John Jay College's colors are blue and gold, hence these colors on the hood. The velvet trim on the hood signifies the scholar's field.