Caps & Gowns

Ordering Caps & Gowns

Dates coming soon for 2017. 

Tips for Accurate Ordering

  1. Be sure to select the appropriate school of enrollment and degree. The Graduate School (TGS) and School of Professional Studies (SPS) candidates must select the correct degree to receive the appropriate color of tassel and hood.
  2. Within all other schools there is no distinction among a school’s degrees regarding tassel or hood color, and in some cases degrees may be identified only as bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral.
  3. Candidates receiving degrees from two schools must select one degree and may arrange for a second tassel or hood at the time of cap and gown pick up.

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.

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.

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. Locations of gown returns will be available at the time of regalia pick-up in June.