What to Wear
Academic Regalia (Caps, Gowns, Chords, Stoles, etc.)
All graduates (exception PhD and DA students) must order their cap and gown from the University Bookstore at the St. Davids campus. There is no cost to you and the academic attire is yours to keep. Pre-order your cap and gown here by April 13, 2017. If you do not pre-order your cap and gown, please go to the St. Davids Bookstore to obtain your cap and gown.
You may pick up your attire during regular business hours. If you have not requested your academic attire, please do so immediately in order to guarantee arrival for Commencement.
Attire must be picked up at the Bookstore by May 6, 2017 (the morning of Commencement at the latest), though we don't suggest waiting until the morning of Commencement as you will want to hang the wrinkles out of your gown.
For Traditional Undergraduate students (Formerly CAS), Adult Undergraduate Programs (Formerly Campolo College of Graduate Professional Studies), and Esperanza College students, your academic attire will include a cap, tassel, and gown with open sleeves. Please check that you have received the correct gown for your degree.
For Graduate students (Formerly Campolo College of Graduate Professional Studies), your academic attire will include a cap, tassel, gown, and hood. Please check that you have received the correct hood for your degree.
Please make sure the color of your hood reflects your program. The hood colors are: White - Arts, Gold - Science, Citron - Social Work, Apricot - Nursing, Blue - Education, Drab (Tan) - Business Administration, Dark Blue - PhD
Try on your cap/gown before Commemencement Day to be sure it fits correctly. If you find a problem, contact the bookstore PRIOR to Commencement. Hang your gown on a hanger to minimize wrinkles, DO NOT IRON.
PhD and DA students must order their gown through the Herff Jones representative. Please email Chris Urban, Herff Jones College Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Orders for custom gowns must be placed 6 weeks prior to Commencement. The Hood is supplied. The cost of the gown is the responsibility of the student.
If you are part of an Academic Honor Society and would like to wear Honor Cords, please speak with your department directly. They will not be provided the day of Commencement. Cords and Stoles are customarily worn underneath your hood.