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Ordering Your Regalia

To order your regalia, please visit

Important Dates

2/27 - Regalia Portal opens

3/2 - Grad Fair

4/21 - Student regalia ordering deadline for ship to bookstore

5/12 - Student regalia ordering deadline for ship to home

5/24 - Regalia pick-up 10AM – 6PM

5/25 - Regalia pick-up 10AM – 6PM

5/26 - Regalia pick-up 10AM – 5PM

5/27 - Regalia pick-up 11AM – 4PM

5/29 - 6/9 - Regalia pick-up weekdays 10AM–6PM M-F, Saturday 11AM-4PM, Sunday closed

6/10 - Regalia pick-up 7 am – 6 pm

6/11 - Regalia pick-up 7 am – 6 pm

6/12 - Regalia pick-up 7 am – 6 pm

About Your Regalia

Purple “souvenir regalia” is custom designed for Northwestern featuring the University crest. The standard regalia must be worn by all participating candidates. 

Bachelor’s degree regalia includes 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. 

How to Wear your Regalia


TIP:  Safety pin your stole to the back of your gown to ensure it doesn’t fall off!




How to Care for your Regalia

When you receive your gown, remove it from its packaging and place it on a hanger to allow any folds or wrinkles to fall out. If an iron is needed, turn the gown inside out and use a warm (NOT HOT) iron. Steaming is also an option.

Regalia Guidelines

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

Honor Cords and Stoles Guidelines

Degree candidates may wear honors cords that have been awarded by their schools or other campus organizations. School/organizations determine guidelines and distribution. Please note that Latin honors are not awarded until after Graduation Weekend so there are no honors cords at graduation for Latin honors.

Bachelor’s students may wear affinity stoles if desired.

College/School Honor Cord

College/School honor cords may be awarded to undergraduate and graduate degree candidates who are candidates for graduation with high honors within their respective school or college. More information about these will be forthcoming to those who qualify. 

Membership, Leadership & Service Honor Cords, Stoles & Pins

These honor cords, stoles, and pins may be worn to designate membership, achievement, leadership or service. Please check with your respective student organization or campus department for honor cord, stole, and pin guidelines and distribution.

Guidelines for Receiving Honor Cords

Eligible students who receive membership, leadership and service honor cords, stoles, and pins will receive their honor cords, stoles and pins from the respective department or organization awarding the honor. The Office of Graduation & Senior Year Experiences does not distribute honor cords, identity or affinity stoles, and/or pins. Please note that final grades are not yet conferred by the day of Commencement or in time for convocations, so majority of ceremonies will not include honors recognition.

Additional Regalia Information

Financial Aid
Heritage Stoles

2023 Graduates may receive a complimentary heritage country stole, sponsored by Northwestern Student Engagement. Please fill out this form to order.

Ordering Fine Regalia

If you have/are planning to have a career in academia and need to own your own fine-quality regalia, you may order from our vendor.

Still Have Questions?

Please contact the Graduation Office