Cap and Gown/Commencement Day Attire

  • Graduates should pick up their cap and gown prior to the commencement ceremony. Cap and gowns will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, August 6th at the McLennan Bookstore located in the Michaelis Academic Center or at our 2024 Summer Grad Bash event.
  • It is important to try on your cap and gown prior to the day of the ceremony. If your cap and gown does not fit, you may exchange for the correct size at the McLennan Bookstore.
  • Graduates should wear nice attire under their robes with appropriate shoes.
  • Caps should be worn with the top flat rather than slanted with tassels on the right side of the cap during the ceremony.
  • Graduates may decorate their caps. All decorations should be equal or less than 1 ½ inches height from the top of the cap. Graduates will be asked to change cap or remove non-approved decorations if items do not meet the guidelines or the decorations are deemed inappropriate or offensive. Please do not attach large bows.
  • Please note that secure storage will not be available for graduates. Please secure valuable before entering the convention center.
  • Graduates are permitted to wear medallions, stoles, and cords that are approved. All approved items are listed below.


Approved Cords, Medallions, Pins, and Stoles

Please note the only the following regalia items are allowed to be worn during Commencement. Commencement staff has the right to request that any unapproved items be removed prior to the ceremony.


Bernard & Audre Rapport MCC First Generation Scholars Blue/Green Cord
Epsilon Delta Pi (Computer Science) Gray/Orange Cord
Follett Scholars Orange/Blue Cord
Health Professions Designated Pin
Honors (Honors, High, and Highest) Gold Cord
Honors College Medallion
Military Service Red/White/Blue Cord
Phi Theta Kappa Gold Stole
Presidential Scholar Medallion
Psi Beta (Psychology) Medallion
Sigma Kappa Delta (English) Gold/Green Cord
Trio Student Support Services Red/Black Cord
Zeta Rho chapter of Alpha Delta Nu Peach Cord


Here are some examples of how your cap and gown should be worn.
Example 2

Cap and Gown Sizing Information