Caps & Gowns

Ordering Caps & Gowns

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.

Please note that dual degree candidates should order the cap and gown of the higher degree being awarded.

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.

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

Undergraduates with Financial Need

  • In partnership with Financial Aid, Student Enrichment Services will be covering the full cost of caps and gowns for graduating undergraduate students with financial need. Students who qualify will receive an email from Student Enrichment Services with ordering instructions by a date and time TBD.
  • Please note: late orders after the deadline, will not be processed, and reimbursements are not available. If you have questions, please email

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

  • Regalia Distribution Dates TBD

NOTE: Regalia Distribution for the school of Professional Studies and Kellogg School of Management distribution will be at:

Wieboldt Hall North Entrance
339 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Late Orders

Deadline Dates TBD

Late orders may be picked up and paid for during the specific distribution date listed above. Please note there will be a $20.00 late fee will be required for any late regalia orders.

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.

Gowns are to be returned to:

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