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Graduation Guide


Graduation Fee Deadline - Spring: March 15th
Graduation Fee Deadline - Fall: October 15th

Cap & Gown

Caps, gowns, and hoods are available at the University Bookstore and may be purchased any time before the day of Commencement.

The University Bookstore carries caps, gowns, tassels and hoods in stock. No need to special order.

Sets and individual pieces may be purchased at the front register of the University Bookstore.


Gown sets:

Associate and Bachelor Set - $40.00

Includes: Gown, Tassel, & Cap

Master's Gown Set - $40.00

Includes: Gown, Tassel, & Cap
Hood sold separate.



Master Hood (color by department) - $30

  • Light Blue: Education: Physical Education, Sports Sciences
  • Crimson: Speech, Journalism
  • Drab Brown: Business: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Sciences, Management / Marketing, Real Estate
  • White: Humanities: Art, Communications, Theater, English / Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Geography, History, IRAPP, Military Science, Sociology, Social Work, Criminology
  • Gold: Science & Technology: Agriculture, Human Sciences, Biology, IET, Math, Computer Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Science, Nursing, Radiology, Psychology
  • Pink: Music
  • Peacock: Public Affairs
  • Sage: Sports Management

Sizes: Sizing runs by height range and gowns are One Size Fits Most. Plus sizes are available.


Doctoral Regalia (College of Education) Set


  • - solid black doctoral gown with black velvet chevrons
  • - custom College of Education doctoral hood
  • - black velvet tam with elastic insert for ease of wear

Sizes: Sets must be custom ordered through the University Bookstore. Regalia is sized to the individual. Orders are non-refundable.

Honors Cords

The Office of the Registrar will give honors cords to you on the day of ceremony rehearsal.


Sashes / Stoles / etc.

The University Bookstore does not provide sashes, stoles, or other accessories. Sashes, stoles, or other accessories must be obtained through your specific organization or custom ordered through an off campus supplier.


All gown and regalia item sales are final.

Exchanges for alternate sizes may be made.

Don't forget to shop for your Alumni gear.

Graduation Dates


Commencement rehearsal for any student graduating, will be held the day before the commencement ceremony in the Academic Athletic Center. All degree candidates who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony must be present at the rehearsal specified for their college.


Fall 2016 Commencement Dates  
  Saturday, December 10th, 2016
  Commencement Ceremony   10:30 a.m. ceremony begins
Spring 2017 Commencement Dates  
  Saturday, May 13th, 2017
  Commencement Ceremonies   10:00am & 2:00 p.m. ceremonies begin


Diplomas will be printed and mailed to all graduates, following commencement, after the degree lists have been finalized. These diplomas are mailed within eight to ten weeks after commencement. Your diploma will be mailed to the address indicated on your degree application unless you advise the Office of the Registrar differently.

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