Academic Regalia

In keeping with the solemnity of the occasion, graduates must wear university issued academic regalia, including cap and gown. Only university-issued honor cords, medallions, and Kente cloth stoles are also approved for wear during the ceremony. No other oversized personal adornments, such as: flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons or scarves are acceptable.

The cap should be worn with the mortarboard parallel to the ground and without any additional modification to the appearance.  Candidates receiving a graduate or professional degree wear the tassel on the left side throughout the ceremony.

It is recommended that personal clothing include dark pants for men, dark pants or skirts for women, and comfortable dark shoes. For graduate ceremonies, it is recommended that shirts or blouses with buttons be worn to properly attach the hood.

Cap & Gown

Depending upon the pick-up location you indicated on the graduation application, your cap and gown can be picked up at the Minneapolis Bookstore (651) 962-4340 beginning May 4, or the St. Paul Bookstore (651) 962-6850 beginning May 9. If unsure of  pick-up location, please contact DeAnn Kautzmann. Pick-up times are as follows. You will need a  picture I.D. when picking up your cap and gown at the Bookstore. Please note that the Minneapolis Bookstore will be closed on  May 21.

Minneapolis Bookstore
Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - noon
St. Paul Bookstore
May 9-12 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
May 13 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
May 16-19  8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
May 20 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Caps and gowns are provided by the university at no cost to graduates. They are yours to keep.