Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

2023 Graduate Hooding Ceremony
May 25, 2023
Time: 11:30AM OR 2:30PM
See below for specific ceremony times

*All graduating class of 2023 Master's students (students receiving Master's Degrees and dual degrees) 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.

Please note that due to space constraints, students can only invite 2 guests to attend. This event is open to the graduating Master's students who RSVP by May 19, 2023. 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 being held on Friday, June 2, 2023. 

The Hooding Ceremony consists of two separate ceremonies to invite more guests to celebrate graduating Master's students' accomplishments.  Below is the breakdown of the two ceremonies:

AM Ceremony - 11:30AM - RSVP here

-Criminal Justice (including the dual degree program)

-International Crime and Justice

-Public Administration (dual degree programs)

-Public Administration - Inspection and Oversight

-Public Administration - Public Policy and Administration

PM Ceremony - 2:30PM - RSVP here

-Digital Forensics and Cyber Security


-Emergency Management

-Forensic Mental Health Counseling

-Forensic Science

-Forensic Psychology (including the dual degree program)

-Human Rights

-Protection Management

-Security Management


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

1.  Click above to fill out a registration form to let us know you will be attending by Friday, May 19, 2023.

2.  If you have not done so already, please purchase your academic regalia (with hood  included) from Oak Hall Cap & Gown. All participants are required to be dressed in full academic attire.

The deadline to order from John Jay's regalia vendor has passed. You are welcome to order a standard cap & gown in all black with a blue and gold tassel from other vendors such as Amazon or Etsy.  If you are graduating with your Master's degree, you will also need to look up the color of the hood for your respective major.

You will wear the same regalia on the day of Commencement on June 2, 2023.


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.