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Orlando, Fla. – During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law graduating students began a new tradition for the Annual Hooding Ceremony that established a legacy each subsequent class would carry. Naming the Faculty Hooder and Student Speaker for graduates, and Faculty of the Year for the general law student body continues to be a process of great anticipation.
Professor Patricia Broussard, who teaches Constitutional Law, was again selected by a student body-wide vote as the Faculty of the Year. Held during the Student Bar Association (SBA) elections, the entire student body was eligible to vote for SBA office candidates and Faculty of the Year. Only graduating third- and fourth-year students were eligible to vote for Student Speaker and Faculty Hooder.
The Student Speaker position was introduced as a means for the graduating body to have a direct hand in selecting their voice for the ceremony. Graduating students who were nominated as Student Speaker delivered their speeches before classmates who then voted for their favorite speaker. The top three speakers were placed on ballots during the SBA elections. Brandon Northington, a third-year day student, was selected as the 2013 Student Speaker.
Similar to the Faculty of the Year selection, graduating students also were provided the opportunity to select the Faculty Hooder. This individual is the student choice for placing the doctoral hood when graduates cross the stage at the Hooding Ceremony. Professor Lundy Langston, who teaches Criminal Law, was selected by the graduating class as the 2013 Faculty Hooder. Joining Prof. Langston at the Hooding Ceremony to assist the graduates will be the Faculty of the Year selectee.
The Hooding Ceremony will take place at the Hilton Orlando (6001 Destination Parkway) on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10 a.m.