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All ceremony participants must purchase and wear approved academic apparel as outlined below. Apparel is provided by Oak Hall and must be ordered when you register for Commencement. Bachelor's and master's regalia is made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. After the ceremony, you may keep your apparel. These gowns are for purchase only – there is no rental option.

Bachelor's Apparel

Black bachelor's gown emblazoned with the University seal, mortarboard, degree-colored tassel. Cost: $54 (2019 prices)

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Master’s Apparel

Black master’s gown, mortarboard, black tassel, degree-colored hood. Cost: $81 (2019 prices)

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How are bachelor's and master’s gowns different?

Doctoral Apparel

Purple gown and tam, gold tassel, Ph.D. hood

  • Option 1 – Rent all items (gown, tam and hood): . If you select this option you must return all items following Commencement.  Price: $96 (2018 prices)

  • Option 2 – Rent the gown and tam and purchase the hood: Price: $215 (2019 prices). If you choose this option you can keep your hood, but must return the gown and tam following Commencement.

  • Option 3 – Purchase full doctoral regalia: Price: $1,014.75 (Graduates wishing to purchase their Ph.D. regalia can contact Oak Hall directly at 1-800-223-0429). Candidates who wish to purchase doctoral apparel should still complete the web Registration/Order Form if they are planning to participate in the Commencement ceremony.  

Except for items that have been purchased, Ph.D. candidates will need to return their rental regalia following their graduation ceremonies to the same location where it was picked up.

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Veterans and active duty military graduates

Red, white and blue tassels are provided free for all graduates who are veterans or active-duty military. These special red, white and blue tassels can be worn in addition to your regular academic tassel or instead of your academic tassel.

Cap and gown pick-up

You must pick up your cap and gown, and any other ordered items, in William W. Philip Hall during Cap and Gown pick-up. Instructions for your scheduled pick-up day will be sent to you in email. 

What if I can't get to Cap & Gown pick-up on my assigned day?

You may designate someone else — a friend, family member or classmate — to pick up your academic attire by filling out and signing a release form. That person must bring a printed copy of the form with them to pick up your apparel along with their own photo ID.

Optional items

The items listed below may be purchased online when completing the registration form or during Cap & Gown pick-up.

Stoles of Gratitude 
These are given by the graduate to his or her parents, spouse, partner, family member or supporters in appreciation for all they have done to make the graduate’s success possible. Available in gold or purple. Cost: $35 (Note: The Stole of Gratitude cannot be worn by graduating students at Commencement.)

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Souvenir tassels and keyrings

  • Purple and gold souvenir tassels and key rings are available as keepsakes. These are not intended to be worn on during the ceremony. Cost: $8
  • Purple and gold status tassels have a larger, flashier pendant with the year of graduation and are intended as keepsakes. Cost: $10

Souvenir tassel

Souvenir Tassel  

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Status Tassel 

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Keyring Tassel

Additional tassels and hoods

  • Bachelor's candidates receiving a double degree may purchase an additional tassel for the second degree. Cost: $8
  • Master’s candidates receiving a double degree may purchase an additional hood for the second degree. Cost: $31 

Honor cords 
Undergraduate students who have earned baccalaureate honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) gold or faculty honors may purchase an honor cord to wear at the ceremony. Baccalaureate honor cords are gold; faculty honor cords are purple. Ivory honor cords are also available for Global Honors students. Cost: $12