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Regalia must be rented from USA BOOKSTORE in order to participate in Commencement and to ensure all candidates appear uniform.
Tams: may not be worn during commencement by students to ensure all candidates appear uniform and because the tassel is sewn on the left but the degree has not yet been conferred.
Pants, skirts & shoes: should be dark in color.
Shirts & blouses: should be white. If receiving a graduate degree be sure to wear a shirt/blouse with buttons
so you can loop your hood over your button for your comfort.
Tassels: are worn on the right side of the mortarboard (cap) before the degree is conferred.
Only honor cords, honor pins, and honor medallions may be worn with regalia.
Return to Top of PageHonor Cords
Academic honor cords will be given to eligible undergraduate students the day of commencement by the Registrar's office during line-up.
Any other cords will need to be purchased by the student from their organizations prior to commencement.
Students keep their honor cords, caps and tassels. All gowns & degree hoods must be returned to USA BOOKSTORE.
Return to Top of PageHow to put on your hood:
To ensure proper fit men should wear a dress shirt and women should wear a blouse with buttons.
Put on your gown and zip it up halfway.
Clasp the hanging loop between thumb and forefinger;
Place the hood over your shoulder with the velvet side up;
Pull the loop over the top of your head and put your head through the opening;
Secure the loop to the button on the front of your shirt that provides the most comfort to your throat.
Zip up your gown.
Midway down the back of the hood you will find another satin cord and loop
(this may require assistance from another person).
Secure the loop through the tag on the back then to the button on the opposite side.
Turn the velvet on the back to expose the satin colors on the inside at the bottom of the hood.
Your gown AND hood must be checked back in and returned following Commencement or Convocation to USA BOOKSTORE; either in the HPELS Building following commencement
or at the USA BOOKSTORE, during normal business hours, to avoid a hold on student account for the purchase price of the gown & hood.
Return to Top of PageMeasurementsCap: Students select One Size Fits All; yours to keep following Commencement.
Faculty or persons wishing to purchase will need to use a measuring tape
placed two inches above the eyebrow and looped around the circumference of your head to get a proper measurement.
Height: Full height in inches from head to toe; you can use the measurement on your driver's license.
Chest: The same as your jacket or brassiere size in inches or you can use the shirt conversion chart below: