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Guest Hooding

A special part of commencement is the hooding of new graduates by alumni relatives. In this ceremony, a striking, sash-like garment of crimson, gold, and purple (the school colors, plus the color symbolizing the law) is placed around the neck of each participating graduate by his or her hooder. The garment is then arranged so that it flows down the back of the graduate, revealing the colors of the school and the law. Among our guest hooders are parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents, significant others, aunts, uncles, and cousins of the graduates.

Guest hooders themselves do not wear regalia. Instead they should dress in business attire.

To participate in the guest hooding ceremony, please fill out this form and return it to the Office of Advancement by December 9, 2016. For more information about guest hooding, contact Teresa Kreiner, at 713-646-1804 or tkreiner@hcl.edu.