Hooding ceremony returns to Hippodrome Theatre

Maya Foster ’22, SBA president, will be one of the ceremony’s speakers. 

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s hooding ceremony returns to the legendary Hippodrome Theatre on Friday, May 20 at 11:30am after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Students in the Class of 2022 earning Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Science in Law degrees will be honored, as will graduates from the Class of 2020 who missed out on an in-person hooding at the time of their graduation. 

The event will honor the traditional hooding ceremony, which dates back to medieval times. Graduates’ names will be called individually by longstanding hooding speaker Professor Michael Van Alstine.  

“We are thrilled to celebrate these two classes and return to some of our beloved traditions,” said Dean Donald Tobin, who is stepping down from his position as dean and returning to the faculty at the conclusion of this academic year. “The students have displayed extraordinary grace and resilience in the face of great challenges. I am deeply proud of each of them.” 

The program will feature a keynote address by Tamika Tremaglio ’95, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, and remarks from Tobin and Maya Foster ’22, president, Maryland Carey Law Student Bar Association. 

Additional commencement week festivities include UMB Commencement, featuring a keynote by Dr. Anthony Fauci, an awards event and graduation reception, and a special luncheon for the Class of 2020. 

More graduation details are available here. 

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