Posted: May 15th, 2014 | By: Lisa Snedeker
The Wake Forest University School of Law will confer hoods on its largest class of international graduates on May 18-19, 2014.
The Hooding Program is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in Wait Chapel. Thirty international Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates, Juris Doctor (JD) candidates, and Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates will receive hoods. That is compared to 24 international graduates in 2013, which included the law school’s first Scientiae Juridicae Doctors (S.J.D.).
In another first for the law school in 120 years, the Hooding Program will be webcast live via the Internet so that family and friends of the graduates who are unable to attend in person can view the ceremony. The Livestream link is http://new.livestream.com/wfu/2014law . The law school is the first WFU graduate school to offer a live webcast of its Hooding Ceremony in the history of the university. Viewers of the Livestream may refer to the Hooding program in PDF on the Wake Forest University website here.
“Offering the webcast via Livestream of the Hooding Program is particularly important for our international graduates who come from as far away as China, Korea, South America, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, among others, and have family members who cannot attend in person,” says Fiona McCormick, director of the law school’s international programs. “Several of our graduates had to return to their home countries before Hooding, so the Livestream also allows them to participate in the ceremony virtually.”
The live webcast will be recorded and published on the Wake Forest Law YouTube channel the following week. That video will be shared across WFU Law social media accounts, as well as links to all the professional photos the law school will have taken over the course of Commencement Weekend.
Bryan Scott Campbell (MFA ’16) of the WFU Documentary Film Program and the nonprofit multimedia organization Wrought Iron Productions (WIP) says about the Livestream of Commencement and Hooding ceremonies, “I think it’s great that Wake Forest and the Law School are concerned with connecting their students’ success back to the ones who loved and invested in them wherever they are. I think both the students and the families really enjoy and benefit from it being offered. From Wrought Iron Productions’ perspective, I really appreciate the opportunity for our filmmakers to use technical broadcasting skills that a promotional video house like WIP does not get to use everyday — it fits wonderfully into our educational mission.”
The law school’s 40th annual hooding speaker is international as well. The Honorable Mr. Justice John L. Murray is the former Chief Justice of Ireland and currently the senior ordinary member of the Irish Supreme Court. He served as chief justice from 2004 to 2011, having completed a fixed seven-year, non-renewable term. Murray is a noted jurist on constitutional law and European law matters. He was Adjunct Professor of Law in the University of Limerick until he received his current appointment as Chancellor, or honorary head, of the University.
Commencement exercises are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, May 19, on Hearn Plaza, where Murray will receive an honorary degree. Tickets are required for guests. Learn more about hooding and graduation here. A diploma ceremony for the law school will be held in Wait Chapel following Commencement exercises.
We at WFU Law congratulate all of our graduates and hope that you will share your photos and thoughts about graduation on our social media including the law school’s new Instagram account, @WFULaw. Our hashtag for Hooding and Commencement for the law school is #WFULAW and #WFUGRAD for the entire university. Please keep in touch with us!
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