Caps and Gowns

Commencement: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Instructions to Candidates


The Commencement Committee hopes that the following information will be helpful in making the Commencement activities more enjoyable for you and your guests. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Pre-Commencement Preparation

Caps, Gowns & Tassels

Caps, gowns, and tassels (and stoles for bachelor degrees and hoods for master,specialist and doctoral candidates) can only be ordered online. The website for placing an order can be found at:

Prices vary by degree. Bachelor $41, Masters/Specialist $46 and Doctoral $68.50. There is a standard shipping and handling rate of $15.00 within the US plus sales tax.  Caps and gowns will not be distributed at the University. 

Your cap & gown (and stole or hood) will be shipped directly to you. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

The last day for online orders is Monday, April 4, 2016. For orders after April 4th, call 1-800-879-8143 to place a RUSH order.  Rush orders will incur a $20 charge. Monday, May 2, 2016 is the LAST day to place a rush order. 

No orders will be accepted after May 2, 2016.


Commencement is a formal academic ceremony. Only approved academic regalia can be worn. Although Calihan Hall is not air-conditioned, fans will be used to circulate the air. Dress accordingly. With 7,000 + graduates, faculty and guests, depending on the weather, it may be warm. Since you will be standing in line and marching both in and out-of-doors for over an hour, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Gown decoration is strictly limited to University, college and school honor regalia. A listing of the approved items may be obtained from your college/school office or the Office of the Registrar. Caps should not contain adornments or messages. Candidates whose caps and gowns do not comply with the academic standards will not be permitted into the arena. You may not wear a cap and gown from another institution.  Starting last year in 2015 all bachelor degree candidates will be wearing a UDM stole with their cap and gown.  These can be purchased separately online for $17, if you already own a cap and gown.

Herff-Jones representatives will be on-campus on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm for anyone who needs assistance with the order that was sent to them.  No new orders can be placed on these days as it is beyond the deadline.  These dates are for exchanges only. 

Cap and Gown Tassel and Hood Colors for Degree Majors

Bachelor Degree Majors                          Tassel Color

Accounting                                                Golden Yellow

Addiction Studies                                       Golden Yellow

Architectural Engineering                            Orange

Architecture                                               Blue-Violet

Biochemistry                                              Golden Yellow

Biology                                                      Golden Yellow (BS) or White (BA)

Business Administration                              Drab

Chemistry                                                  Golden Yellow (BS) or White (BA)

Civil Engineering                                         Orange

Civil and Environmental Engineering             Orange

Communication Studies                               White

Computer Science                                       Golden Yellow

Criminal Justice                                           Golden Yellow

Developmental Psychology                           White

Digital Media Studies                                   White

Economics                                                  White

Electrical Engineering                                  Orange

Elementary Education                                  Light Blue

Engineering                                                Orange

English                                                       White

Environmental Engineering                           Orange         

Financial Economics                                     White

Health Information Management                   Golden Yellow

Health Services                                           Golden Yellow

Health Services Administration                     Golden Yellow

History                                                       White

Industrial/Organizational Psychology             White

Legal Administration                                    White

Liberal Studies                                            White

Mathematics                                               Golden Yellow (BS) or White (BA)

Mechanical Engineering                                Orange

Nursing                                                       Apricot

Philosophy                                                   White

Political Science                                            White

Psychology                                                   White

Robotics and Mechatronic Systems Engineering Orange

Religious Studies                                           White

Social Studies Education                                 Light Blue

Social Work                                                   Citron

Sociology                                                      White

Software Engineering                                     Golden Yellow                           

Software Production and Management             Golden Yellow

Special Education - Emotionally Impair/Beh Dis Light Blue

Special Education - Learning Disabled               Light Blue

Theater                                                          White

Master Degree Majors                             Tassel and Hood Color

Addiction Counseling                                  White

Architecture                                               Blue-Violet

Business Administration                              Drab

Chemistry                                                  Golden Yellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering             Orange

Clinical Mental Health Counseling                 White

Clinical Nurse Leader                                   Apricot

Clinical Psychology                                      White

Community Counseling                                White

Community Development                             White

Computer Science                                       Golden Yellow

Criminal Justice                                           White

Curriculum and Instruction                           Light Blue

Economics                                                  Copper

Educational Administration                           Light Blue

Electrical and Computer Engineering             Orange

Elementary Education                                  Light Blue

Engineering Management                             Orange

Family Nurse Practitioner                             Apricot

Financial Economics                                     Copper                                        

Health Services Administration                      Golden Yellow

Health Systems Management                        Apricot

Industrial/Organizational Psychology              White

Information Assurance                                  Golden Yellow

Intelligence Analysis                                     Golden Yellow

Liberal Studies                                             White

Mechanical Engineering                                 Orange

Nurse Anesthesiology                                    Golden Yellow

Nursing Education                                         Apricot

Physician Assistant                                        Golden Yellow

Product Development                                    Golden Yellow

Religious Studies                                           White

School Counseling                                         Light Blue

School Psychology                                         White

Security Administration                                  Golden Yellow

Software Engineering                                     Golden Yellow

Software Management                                    Golden Yellow

Special Education - Emotionally Impair/Beh. Dis Light Blue

Special Education - Learning Disabled               Light Blue

Teaching of Mathematics                                 Light Blue

Specialist Degree Majors                              Tassel and Hood Color

School Psychology                                           White

Doctoral Degree Majors                                Tassel and Hood Color

Civil and Environmental Engineering                 Orange

Clinical Psychology                                          Dark Blue

Electrical Engineering                                      Orange

Mechanical Engineering                                   Orange

Nursing Practice                                              Apricot

Updated 2/1/2016