Academic Attire

Student Commencement Regalia Information

Caps and gowns (and hoods for master's and doctoral students), also known as regalia, are required to participate in the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies. Regalia is not needed for Baccalaureate.

Students will be ordering commencement regalia through the Josten's website.  Ordering begins on January 7, 2019.  Deadline to order regalia is March 15, 2019. Students will pick up and pay for ordered regalia at the Grad Fair. Dates for the Grad Fair are May 8 and 9, 2019, from 11-6pm.  More details to come with regards to the Grad Fair. 

**Students who did not pre-order their regalia will still be able to pick up regalia at the Grad Fair May 8 and 9. 

Pricing for Commencement 2019

(updated on October 19, 2018)

Undergraduate Regalia: Cap, Gown, and Tassel $58.58 + tax
Graduate Regalia: Cap, Gown, Hood, and Tassel $111.00 + tax

Doctoral Regalia: Gown, Hood and Tam.

Note: May order custom doctoral regalia.  Contact Kathy Straughan for further information at

$215.25 + tax


Students will pick up and pay for ordered regalia at the Grad Fair.  If a student is unable to pick up a pre-ordered cap and gown, he/she may have someone else serve as his/her representative but must provide written permission. These written authorizations will be collected and filed for each transaction. The student's representative will also need to show either an SU ID or other photo ID.

Academic Honors & Academic Hoods

If you are graduating with academic honors, your hood will be issued when you pick up your academic apparel name card at the Seattle University Bookstore.

Master's, educational specialists and doctoral degree candidates wear hoods appropriate to their degrees. The cap, gown, hood, and tassel are yours to keep.


Be sure to pick up the color tassel that corresponds with the school or college granting your degree.

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Undergraduate White
  • Graduate Peacock Blue

Albers School of Business & Economics

  • Undergraduate Tan
  • Graduate Tan

School of Education

  • Masters & Ed. Specialists Light Blue
  • Doctoral Old Gold

School of New and Continuing Studies

  • Undergraduate Black

School of Nursing

  • Undergraduate Apricot
  • Graduate Apricot

School of Science & Engineering

  • Undergraduate Sciences Gold
  • Undergraduate Engineering Orange (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical)
  • Graduate Orange

School of Theology & Ministry

  • Graduate Scarlett Red

In academic tradition, the student who has not yet earned a degree wears the tassel on the RIGHT side of the mortarboard. After the baccalaureate degrees have been conferred, graduates will be directed to move the tassel to the LEFT.

Master's candidates wear their tassel on the left, to begin with and, therefore, do not move it during the ceremony.

Name Cards

This 3" x 5" card will bear your name and will be used to announce you as you walk across the stage and receive your degree.   Details with regards to name card distribution will be available Spring Quarter.

Name Cards for undergraduates will be available for pickup starting Wednesday, June 5 at the Red Hawk Services Center.

Name Cards for graduates will be picked up at the Washington State Convention Center the day of Commencement. 


Important Dates:

January 7: Online ordering begins for caps, gowns, tassels, rings, and announcements.

March 15: Online ordering ends for caps, gowns, tassels, rings, and announcements.

May 8 & 9: Grad Fair at the bookstore (pick up and pay for your regalia and much more!)