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Cap & Gown

Crash the Cougar in Bachelor's Regalia

What is Required

All ceremony participants are required to wear full academic regalia consisting of a traditional black gown, mortarboard (cap) with tassel.  Additional items including sashes, cords, or leis are optional. We kindly ask that personal modifications to the mortarboards (caps) be limited to those expressing well-wishing and gratitude or affiliation with sanctioned organizations.  Unacceptable decorations, offensive language or inappropriate images on the mortarboards will not be allowed into the venue. Decorations must also remain flat and cannot obstruct the view of the person sitting behind you, and must not contain any derogatory remarks or profanity. In order to preserve the dignity and importance of Commencement, gowns are to remain formal with no embellishments/decoration. Students not following these guidelines may be pulled from the graduation line up.

Master Candidates
Doctoral Candidates

Where to Purchase

Gradfest, February 28 and March 1, is your first opportunity to purchase your cap & gown at a special event bundle price.

Gradfest Website

After Gradfest, regalia will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore, both in-store and online.

Bookstore Website

Return Policy on Regalia

We want students to be excited about their achievements and have peace of mind when making their regalia purchases at the University Store. In the event that you need to return your regalia, the University Bookstore will accept returns on unworn/undecorated regalia, with receipt and refunds will be for the amount paid in the original form of payment used for purchase. Visit the University Bookstore website for more information.

What to Wear Under Your Gown

The ceremony will be outdoors with graduate and faculty seating exposed to the sun and wind.  Please wear appropriate clothing under your gown.  The ceremony stage is high and graduates will access it via open steps.  Graduates may also be walking on gravel, grass and uneven ground. Please exercise caution when selecting footwear - high heels are not recommended.

There will be no place to leave items once the processional starts.  You should make arrangements for someone to be responsible for your valuables during the ceremony, or leave your valuables in your car.  Bring  your cap, tassel and gown to line-up.  Be sure to bring any pins or clips you may need to anchor your cap - in case there is a strong breeze at the ceremony site.