Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:00PM

Gerald W. Lynch Theatre

*Students check-in by 3:30PM 

All graduate 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 2 guests to attend. This event is open to the graduates and faculty who RSVP. 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. Graduate students are very much encouraged to attend our Commencement ceremonies being held on May 31, 2017 at Arthur Ashe Sadium. Each student will receive six (6) Commencment tickets to invite family members and/or friends to that event. 


STUDENTS:

If you wish to participate in the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, please follow the below instructions:

  1. Click here to fill out a registration form to let us know you will be attending Link available Here. 

     
  2. If you have not done so already, please purchase your academic regalia from Oak Hall Cap & Gown. All participants are required to be dressed in full academic attire. The deadline to order is May 1st. You will wear the same regalia on the day of Commencement.

     
  3. Please be mindful that this event is open to graduating graduate students, faculty, and staff only. The event will be live-streamed to the John Jay homepage so your friends and family can watch from the comfort of their own homes. If neccessary, please arrange for child-care and other accomodations to ensure you have the best experience possible. Participants will be asked to arrive no later than 5:00PM. 

FACULTY:

If you wish to participate in the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, please follow the below instructions:

  1. Click here to fill out a registration form to let us know you will be attending 

     
  2. The Office of the Provost will cover the cost of regalia rental for faculty members. Orders must be done online and your regalia will be mailed directly to the Provost’s Office. You may begin to order your regalia on January 15. All orders must be done online. The deadline to order is April 24, 2017. The Provost’s Office will NOT cover the cost of any orders done after the deadline. Please visit the Oak Hall Faculty site by clicking here or call 1-800-456-7623 to place your order.

     
  3. ​​​Please be mindful that this event is open to graduating graduate students, faculty, and staff only. The event will be live-streamed to the John Jay homepage so friends and family can watch from the comfort of their own homes.  Participants will be asked to arrive no later than 5:00PM. 

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.