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Caps, Gowns & Stoles

Caps, Gowns & Hoods

Order your commencement apparel before midnight on April 1.
Your Graduation Fee includes the cost of the cap and gown, simply submit your order online.  Orders placed after the deadline will incur a $25 processing feeClick here to order.  You will pick up your cap, gown, hood, and tassel at the Grad Finale event. 

Mortar Boards

Graduates may decorate their mortar board within the following guidelines:

  • Decorations may not extend past the boundaries of the cap so as not to interfere with hooding during the ceremony.
  • Please use discretion as this is a public and celebratory ceremony.

Student Affairs staff reserve the right to disallow any decorations deemed offensive or inappropriate.  Please also remember that only one cap is included in your graduation fee.  If you would like an additional cap, it will need to be purchased separately at an additional cost.  Student Affairs is not responsible for crafting/bedazzling gone wrong.

Graduation Stoles

Stole of Gratitude – The Stole of Gratitude offers the opportunity to say “Thank you for helping me make it.” The stole is worn by the graduate during the commencement ceremony; and, after the ceremony, the new graduate presents the stole to someone who provided extraordinary help or support, like a parent, relative or mentor. 

This stole is available for purchase (at an additional cost) on the Herff Jones website when you order your cap and gown. This item is not included in your graduation fee.

Study Abroad / International Stoles – This stole offers the opportunity to represent a student’s study abroad experience and/or to signify a graduate’s particular culture/ethnicity. 

This stole is available for purchase (at an additional cost) on the Herff Jones website when you order your cap and gown. This item is not included in your graduation fee.

Ethnic Stoles – The International and Intercultural Center will offer graduates the opportunity to purchase a Kente stole, representing African heritage or a Sarape stole, representing Latino or Hispanic heritage.  Graduates who purchase ethnic soles are invited to participate in a Bestowing Ceremony after graduation.  

Click Here to Order Your Ethnic Stole Today!  Order before April 14th.

Our understanding from some of our Asian students is that a single stole would not widely represent a variety of ethnicities, and it would be more common/desirable to wear a stole made by family. Therefore, we welcome students from Asian cultures or any other ethnicities to wear a stole or decoration not represented in the options above.

Looking ahead, if you would like to help design a stole that widely represents a culture or ethnicity for future graduates, please contact the Dean of Students Office, FO 119 or 382-6118.

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