Attire & Etiquette

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 pins are approved for wear during the ceremony. Other oversized personal adornments, such as flower leis, hats, signs, ribbons, or scarves, are not acceptable.

  • Jeans and flip-flops are not acceptable.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with low heels. High heels are not recommended due to safety concerns on the stadium surface. You will be walking a significant distance across artificial turf from the lineup area to your seat during the procession.
  • Be Weather Prepared. Come prepared with sunglasses, sunscreen, and/or rain ponchos/raincoats for the outdoor ceremony. Umbrellas are not permitted.
  • Do not leave valuables in the arena during lineup or after the procession.

What is Prohibited?

Do not bring items into the stadium that might detract from the dignity of the ceremony, or take any action that interferes with the ceremony.

  • Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium or field house due to visibility and safety concerns.
  • Picture-taking near or on the stage by the graduates, family members or friends. A professional photographer is hired by the university to provide high quality images as the graduate receives their diploma. Proofs will be sent to your permanent address and via email in the week following the ceremony. However, there is no obligation to purchase.
  • Balloons and noisemakers are prohibited at all ceremonies.
  • Alcohol is not to be brought to and/or consumed at the ceremony.
  • St. Thomas is a tobacco-free campus.
  • Strollers are not permitted within the stadium or field house due to limited space. There will be a stroller corral where guests can leave strollers in the lower quad, east of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (ARC). Ushers will direct guests to the stroller corral. The corrals will supervised during the ceremony. However, St. Thomas cannot take any responsibility for lost or damaged strollers. 

Cap and Gown

Once a student has been approved for graduation from the Registrar’s office, they may pick up their caps and gowns at Grad Fest on April 25 and 26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Dorsey Commons area in Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul Campus.  

Undergraduate Commencement Cap and Gown Information


All participants for the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Where to Pick-Up

Dorsey Commons (2nd Floor of the Anderson Student Center)


During Grad Fest on April 25 and April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

What do I need to bring?

Student ID

Note: If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, you can pick-up your cap, gown, and tassel(s) any time afterwards at the St. Paul Campus Store in the lower level of Murray-Herrick during store hours. View Store Hours

How to Wear Your Cap

The cap should be worn with the mortarboard parallel to the ground and without any additional modification to the appearance.

  • Undergraduate candidates should wear the tassel on the right side. It is moved to the left side at the designated time.
  • Graduate candidates should wear the tassel on the left side.


The St. Paul Campus Store will be hosting a Grad Fest on Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ASC. Students may purchase graduation announcements at this time. If they choose, they can order personalized announcements here. Make sure to allow 5-7 days for shipping.  

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames are available through the St. Paul and Minneapolis Campus Stores.


Tassels are included with your cap and gown. Additional tassels are available for purchase from the St. Thomas Campus Stores. The student’s major determines the tassel color. The colors are listed below.

For undergraduate students, tassels are worn on the right side of the mortarboard prior to commencement. 

  • Brown: Fine ArtsCitron: Social Work  
  • Copper: Economics  
  • Crimson: Journalism  
  • Dark Blue: Philosophy  
  • Spice: Business  
  • Golden Yellow: Science  
  • Light Blue: Education  
  • Orange: Engineering  
  • Pink: Music  
  • Sage Green: Physical Education 
  • Salmon Pink: Public Health  
  • Scarlet: Theology, Peace and Justice  
  • White: Arts and Letters, Humanities, Catholic Studies