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Academic Regalia Policy

Commencement is the most formal academic ceremony held by the University. It is also the most joyful of our events as we celebrate our students who have worked so hard to earn their degrees.

The commencement ceremony is bound by its traditions and decorum, and where regalia serves to unify not only the graduating class, but the University as well.

Accordingly, each participant in commencement should adhere to the University’s regalia standards:

  • Each graduating student must be attired in the approved, University's academic gown, matching cap, and hood (to be vested during the ceremony at the graduate level only). An exception is made for students who choose to wear their military dress uniforms.
  • The gown and hood (if applicable) should be clean and pressed.
  • The mortarboard should be worn flat on the top of the head, with the top of the cap parallel to the floor. For undergraduate students, the tassel should hang on the right side of the cap at the start of the program. Graduate students should have the tassel hang on the left side of the cap.
  • Students are discouraged from decorating their mortarboards; however if decorated, it must be minimal and non-distracting to the ceremony and other graduates. Caps may be decorated on the top only and any decorations must lie flat on the mortarboard. Nothing may hang or dangle from the mortarboard, other than the University-approved tassel.
  • Adornments to regalia may include, but are not limited to cords, stoles, medallions, pins, and patches officially issued by the University and/or its recognized student organizations.
  • Traditional academic regalia must be worn by all faculty and administrators participating in the commencement ceremony.

Participants not in compliance with the requirements of the University’s academic regalia standards may be asked to remove and/or conceal any unapproved regalia and/or adornments.

Honors at Graduation/Honor Cords

Undergraduate degree-seeking students (associate and bachelor’s level only) should thoroughly review the Undergraduate Honors at Graduation policy. If eligible for this distinction, honor cords will be distributed via mail to qualifying students for Spring 2021.

  • Undergraduate students who qualify for honors at graduation will be notified via their Cal U email.
  • After reading the undergraduate academic policy, undergraduate students who have questions regarding honors eligibility can contact Jodie Bonidie, academic events coordinator, at

Graduate degree-seeking students (master’s and doctoral level only) should review the Graduate Honors at Graduation policy for eligibility. If eligible for this distinction, honor cords will be distributed via mail to qualifying students for Spring 2021.

  • After reading the graduate academic policy, students who have questions regarding honors eligibility can contact

Student Regalia Pricing

Graduating students participating in commencement must purchase regalia ONLY through the Cal U University Bookstore or online through Herff Jones

Regalia can be purchased in-person at the University Bookstore or ordered online. It is highly recommended that all graduating students purchase caps and gowns at least one month prior to the commencement ceremonies as sizes become limited and it may be too late to place special orders.




Units determined by degree programs.

Items listed below can be purchased separately (i.e., tassel only).

Prices listed below are subject to change. Please see important ordering information below for doctorate unit

Associate Unit

includes cap, gown, and tassel


Bachelor Unit

includes cap, gown, and tassel


Master Unit

includes cap, gown, tassel, and hood


Doctorate Unit*

includes cap, gown, tassel, and hood

$155 rental

$775 purchase


IMPORTANT: Graduating students in the doctoral program planning to participate in the ceremony are REQUIRED to call Christina Guess at the University Bookstore at 724-938-5572 at least 8 weeks PRIOR to the ceremony to arrange for rental or purchase of regalia; doctorate regalia is not available in store or online. 

Online Ordering of Graduation Regalia

Students can purchase regalia online through Herff Jones 

Faculty Regalia

Regalia is available for rental and/or purchase for all faculty members. Prices will vary based on items ordered.

  • The deadline for faculty regalia purchases requires an eight week lead time.
  • The deadline for faculty regalia rentals requires a six week lead time.

Graduation Accessories

A large selection of graduation accessories can be found through the Cal U University Bookstore. 

Find more information about graduation-related items online: