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Graduate Regalia - Caps, Gowns, and Hoods




Students graduating with their Master's or Doctoral degree have special academic regalia for commencement, different from each other and from their undergraduate regalia.  All three robes are different, so it's important to know which degree you are receiving.  For both Master's and Doctoral degree regalia, a hood is an additional component with colors that represent the graduate's academic program and college/university, which goes around the neck and drapes down the back.  The hoods vary slightly in size depending of the level of degree.  Because hoods are a key component of the graduate academic regalia, stoles will not be allowed (stoles only can be worn with undergraduate regalia).  Doctoral graduates also have the option of wearing a tam (soft-sided hat) instead of the traditional mortarboard cap.

Utica College no longer provides students with graduate academic regalia.  Your academic regalia (cap, gown, and hood) must be ordered and purchased from the UC Bookstore either via the link below or in person at the UC Bookstore, located on the lower level in Strebel Student Center.  Ordering your regalia is a three-step process: (1) reserving your regalia based on size and academic program by April 15, (2) arranging payment with the UC Bookstore, and (3) arranging pickup or shipping of your regalia with the UC Bookstore.  You will be asked to take a brief survey before being connected to the regalia order form.  Orders MUST be placed by the April 15, 2015, deadline to ensure receipt in time for participation in commencement! 

The Regalia Order form has been combined with the Attendance Notification - RSVP form for The May 2015 Commencement Ceremony to streamline the process.  The form is not currently available please check back.


Master's Degree Regalia
   > Master's gown, includes mortarboard cap w/tassel
   > Master's hood

Doctoral Degree Regalia

   > Doctoral gown, includes mortarboard cap w/tassel
   > Doctoral hood
   > Doctoral tam (optional, not required) - Deadline to order a tam is April 3, 2015


NOTE:  Graduating students must remember to bring their academic regalia with them to the commencement ceremony.  Should your luggage be lost while traveling to commencement, a very limited number of extra caps, gowns, and hoods will be available for purchase at the Stanley Theatre the day of the ceremony (cash, check, or credit only - debit cards not accepted that day at the Stanley Theatre).