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. 

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.

Gowns are to be returned to:

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