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.  Cap 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. Orders after April 4th will need to 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.