Commencement conveys the scholarly tradition and formal tone of an academic ceremony. As such, traditional academic regalia must be worn by all ceremony participants.
Yes. All degree candidates participating in Commencement are required to purchase and wear the official university regalia.
No. Degree candidates may not borrow and wear previously-worn regalia.
Degree candidates who will joined a branch of the United State's military as a commissioned officer may wear the formal military attire. Please complete the Military Service Attire Approval Form to register this preference.
After registering to attend commencement (see Checklist for Degree Candidates), you will be given access to the regalia ordering site. The date you will be able to access the ordering site will depend on when you submit your commencement registration (see schedule below):
|I SUBMITTED MY COMMENCEMENT REGISTRATION ON:||I WILL BE ABLE TO PURCHASE MY CAP & GOWN STARTING ON:|
|October 10*-October 11||October 15|
|October 12-October 18||October 22|
|October 19-October 25||October 29|
|October 26-November 1||November 5|
|November 2-November 9**||November 13|
*Commencement registration opens on October 10
**Commencement registration closes on November 9
There are two options for purchasing a cap & gown:
- Purchase your cap & gown online and pick-up at the TU Grad Fair. The deadline to purchase for this option is November 15.
- Purchase your cap & gown online for shipment to your desired address (shipping charges will apply). The deadline to purchase for this option is November 28.
|REGALIA||PURCHASED BEFORE NOV. 16||PURCHASED AFTER NOV. 15|
|Bachelor's cap and gown||$70||$95|
|Master's cap and gown||$80||$105|
|Doctoral cap and tam||$75 (rental)||$100 (rental)|
- TU Northeast Maryland (TUNE) degree candidates can select to pick-up their regalia
at the TUNE Campus Store in November.
- Doctoral students who wish to purchase a custom doctoral gown and tam must place an order by October 17. The deadline to rent a doctoral gown & tam is November 28.
Most degree candidates wear business professional or business casual attire under their gowns. Because candidates walk long distances to and from the ceremony, we also recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.
All degree candidates must follow cap and gown decoration guidelines:
- To ensure the safety of degree candidates on stairs and along routes;
- To ensure that ceremony participants and guests have unobstructed views
- To ensure an inclusive and respectful environment for all
Cap or gown decorations that are motivated by animosity against a person or group because of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin, or homelessness, or which infringe on the rights and freedom of others will not be tolerated. Examples include: profanity, symbols for or references to alcohol or controlled substances, and hate speech.
Degree candidates must follow all regalia guidelines in order to participate in a Commencement ceremony.
A universal tip for all graduates is to take your cap and gown out of the package a few days prior to the ceremony to allow the wrinkles from packaging to fall. For perfect pictures, we encourage graduates to go the extra mile and low heat iron or steam their gown prior to ceremony day. Additional details about regalia are provided below.
- Master's and bachelor's candidates wear a black, mid-calf gown with the university seal embroidered on the lapel. The gown may not be altered in any way.
- Appropriate business or business casual attire must be worn beneath the regalia. Shorts and tennis shoes are discouraged unless needed for mobility reasons.
Cap & tassel
- Master's and baccalaureate candidates wear the black mortar board (cap) designated by the university. The caps are elasticized--one-size fits all.
- The mortar board should be worn with the front point over the forehead below the front hairline, so the flat board is parallel to the floor. The cap is not worn on the back of the head with the board pointing upward.
- Baccalaureate candidates traditionally wear the tassel on the right side of the mortar board until the regent formally confers the degrees upon the graduates during the ceremony. Master's candidates wear the tassel on the left side prior to degree conferral.
- Degree hoods are worn only by master's and doctoral candidates.
- The degree level, as specified by the Academic Costume Code, determines hood dimensions. The gold and white satin lining represents Towson University colors. The velvet band color on the front of the hood signifies the degree earned.