Caps & Gowns

Ordering Caps & Gowns

Late Orders

It is now past the May 19, 2017 deadline to order caps and gowns online. For late regalia orders please email or call 1.800.837.4235. Herff Jones, our regalia provider, will assist you with how to obtain your regalia for Commencement and/or Convocation ceremonies.

Late orders may be picked up and paid for during the specific distribution date listed below. A $20 late fee will be required for any late regalia orders.

General Regalia Information

Purple rental gowns custom designed for Northwestern and featuring the University crest are the standard regalia and must be worn by all participating candidates. Tassels feature the Northwestern seal signet and are worn on the left side at all times.

The gown is made of 100% polyester. Please contact Helen LeDonne directly for any allergy concerns you may have associated with this fabric.

Bachelor’s degree regalia include a souvenir stole. Advanced degree candidates wear hoods. The lining of the Northwestern hood is purple and gold, and the color of the velvet border of the hood indicates the academic area. Please see the School Convocation pages for tassel and hood border colors.

Regalia Guidelines

Candidates may not alter or decorate their regalia in any way or wear additional articles not directly related to academic merit. Doing so may interfere with their ability to participate in events including Commencement, Convocation, and any hooding ceremony.

Regalia Distribution

Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, ground floor

  • Tuesday, June 13th, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. - Undergraduate Candidates
  • Wednesday, June 14th, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. -  Advanced Degree Candidates
  • Thursday, June 15th, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. - Special circumstances only

Return of Gowns

All degree candidates may retain their cap and keepsake tassel. Bachelor’s degree candidates may also retain their souvenir stole.

Gowns and graduate hoods must be returned following the graduate’s final ceremony.

Location of gown returns is:

  • Norris University Center
  • Norris Center Desk, First Floor
  • 1999 Campus Drive
  • Evanston, IL 60208