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Ordering Caps & Gowns

General Regalia Information

Regalia Pickup


Late Orders


About Your Regalia

Purple keeper 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.

Doctoral gowns are custom rentals and must be returned to the Northwestern Bookstore that is located in the Norris University Center after the students last ceremony..

Regalia Guidelines

Candidates may not alter or decorate their regalia in any way. Doing so may interfere with their ability to participate in events including Commencement, Convocation, and any hooding ceremony.

Honor Cords and Stoles Guidelines

Degree candidates are eligible to wear one or more of the following honor cords and/or stoles during the commencement ceremony and school or college convocations.

College/School Honor Cord

College/School honor cords are given to undergraduate and graduate degree candidates who are candidates for graduation with high honors within their respective school or college.

Membership, Leadership & Service Honor Cords, Stoles & Pins

These honor cords and stoles may be worn for designation of membership, achievement, leadership or service. Please check with the respective student organization or campus department for their honor cord guidelines and distribution.

Guidelines for Receiving Honor Cords

Eligible students who receive high honors from their college or school will pick up their honor cords from the dean’s office prior to graduation. Eligible students who receive membership, leadership & service honor cords, stoles and pins will pick up their honor cords, stoles and pins from the respective department or organization who is giving out that honor. The Commencement Office does not distribute honor cords, stoles, and pins.


Regalia Return for Doctoral Students

Regalia return information will be available once students picks up their cap and gown.