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Academic Regalia

Caps and Gowns

  • Caps and Gowns are ordered through the Application to Graduate filled out for the Registrar's Office. An email from the Registrar will be sent out in the first few weeks of Spring semester reminding each student of their initial response on attending the Commencement ceremony and height for their gown order.
  • Deadline for resubmitting the Application to Graduate to alter responses about attending the ceremony or height for a gown for those attending is March 4, 2016.
  • Caps and Gowns for Undergraduates can be picked up at the Grad Fair in the Campus Center Ballroom on Monday April 25th from 1 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Caps and Gowns for Graduate Students can be picked up at the Pio Shop on the main level of the Campus Center beginning on Monday April 25th.
  • Graduating students are required to wear the traditional cap and gown for Commencement. Caps and gowns are rented and must be returned after the ceremony.
  • Caps and gowns are black. The tassel on the cap is black, except that graduates who have completed the Honors Program receive a gold tassel.
  • The Commencement fee, which is part of the completion fee on the second semester bill, covers the cost of cap, gown and hood for undergraduates.
  • Master- and doctoral-level graduate students must pay at the time of pickup for renting the cap, gown and hood. Rental for masters is $39.68 (including tax), and doctorate is $46.24 (including tax). The design of the gown, especially the sleeves, differs from the gown worn by undergraduates. The color of the hood is based on the area of study (see below). Checks are payable to the Carroll Bookstore.


  • Hoods are presented only to the graduate degree students as part of the ceremony on stage. Those receiving undergraduate degrees pick up their hoods aling with their caps and gowns and wear them for the ceremonies.
  • All Undergraduates will receive an Orange and White hood, signifying the university colors.
  • Master- and doctoral-level graduates will receive a hood that also signifies their area of study:
    • Master of Business Administration - Drab
    • Master of Education - Powder Blue
    • Master of Science in Exercise Physiology Sage Green
    • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies - Green
    • Master of Science in Graphic Communication - White
    • Master of Software Engineering - Orange
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Sage Green
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