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Dress + Processional

What to Wear with Your Gown

  • Dark dress shoes and dark clothing are recommended with academic attire and
    look good in photographs.
  • Wrinkles in your gown? Try a steam iron or hang the gown in a steamy bathroom.

 Cap and Tassel

  • The mortarboard cap should be worn horizontally (not tipped in any direction),
    with the point of the cap in the middle of the forehead.
  • Until formal conferral, the tassel is worn on the right side of the cap.
  • Master's degree candidates wear tassels on the left side at all times.

 Honor Cords

  • Gold cords should be worn only by baccalaureate degree candidates graduating
    cum laude (grade-point average of at least 3.2), magna cum laude (GPA of at least 3.5) or summa cum laude (GPA of at least 3.8).
  • Honor society members (baccalaureate only) may wear as many as two silver cords.
  • Honors are not assessed at the graduate level, therefore no graduate students wear honor cords.
  • Honor cords may be purchased at the University Bookstore.

Master's Hoods

  • DNP, Master's and Specialist in Education degree candidates must bring their hoods for the formal hooding ceremony. These degree candidates can find more information here.

Lining Up

  • Line up in Hibbard Hall as directed and the marshals will bring you your reader card.
  • Once you have received your reader card, do not leave the line-up area.
  • Go to the information table to talk to the reader if your name is hard to pronounce.
  • Once in line, please stay there. Please be patient.
  • The procession begins to move about 15 minutes before the ceremony.
  • In the arena, remain standing until the marshal directs you to sit.

During the Ceremony

  • Candidates should turn and face the platform party as they enter.
  • Sit after the National Anthem.
  • After the "Charge to the Class," the chancellor will confer degrees; follow directions.
  • Grasp your tassel with your left hand and transfer it to the left side of your cap.
  • Follow directions for standing and sitting; watch your marshal for signals.
  • Hand your card to the reader just before ascending the platform.

Congratulations! Have a wonderful day.