May 15, 2020
Dear Class of 2020,
Today is usually one of my favorite days of the year. But this year, I have mixed emotions. I am both saddened and joyful. If COVID-19 had not disrupted our lives, today would be your hooding ceremony. It is a profound disappointment that I will not be honoring you in person, in this moment. However, I feel great joy as I reflect on how proud I am of you, for how you have persevered in the past few weeks and throughout your law school careers. Your success is our greatest triumph, and this is a day, even though we are not together, when we get to revel in your accomplishments.
One of our traditions on hooding day is for faculty to gather in the atrium to cheer you on as you make your way to the ceremony. It is a way for us to welcome you to the profession and let you know how proud we are of you. Maybe we can’t do that right now, but your professors wouldn’t let this day pass without giving you a round of applause.