Academic Attire

Academic Attire

Regalia (cap and gown) is required for all graduates participating in Commencement ceremonies. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Please note that bachelor and master degree regalia does not have an option to rent. The doctoral regalia has the option to rent or purchase.

Cap and Gown
Gown styles differ for Bachelor, Master and Doctoral candidates. The regalia vendor knows what is required and will provide you with the appropriate regalia selection when ordering. For further details:

  • Bachelor candidates wear a black cap and robe. Tassel color is determined by school/college. Latin Honors recipients wear an honors hood (provided by Seattle University).
  • Master candidates wear a black cap and robe paired with hoods in colors that correspond to academic degree.
  • Doctoral candidates wear a special red and black robe with a black tam (cap) along with a hood specific to Seattle University.

Stoles
Stoles are an optional add-on and not required for participation in the ceremony. Stoles may be available to students for specific club or program participation.  If you are eligible for one of those, a club or program representative will reach out to you about that opportunity.

Cords
Cords are an optional add-on and not required for participation in the ceremony. Graduating veterans receive a special red, white and royal blue honor cord to be worn with their regalia at Commencement in recognition of their service to our country. Other programs may also provide cords, and if you are eligible for one of those, a representative will reach out to you about that opportunity.

Obtain Your Regalia

  • Bachelor and Master regalia will be available for purchase at the SU Campus Store beginning May 1 through June 8. There is no option to rent Bachelor or Master regalia.

  • Doctoral regalia will be available for purchase and rent at the SU Campus Store beginning May 1 through June 8.
  • Bachelor degree students earning Academic/Latin Honors will be provided with honors hoods at the Grad Fair or may pick up from the SU Campus Store beginning May 1. For more information regarding academic honors, please visit the website.

  • Stoles are an optional add-on and not required for participation in the ceremony.
 

 

Price

Undergraduate regalia

Bachelor Regalia:
Cap, Gown, and Tassel

$67.40 + tax

Graduate Regalia

Master Regalia:
Cap, Gown, Hood, and Tassel

$126.00 + tax

Doctoral regalia

Doctoral Regalia:
Gown, Hood, and Tam (rental)

$215.00 + tax

Rental gowns are not available for shipping. Must pick up at the SU Campus Store.

Doctoral Regalia:
Gown, Hood, and Tam (purchase)

$542.55 + tax

How to Wear Your Regalia

Watch this quick tutorial made by your fellow graduates!

Academic Honors & Academic Hoods

If you are an undergraduate graduating with academic honors, your hood will be issued when you pick up your regalia at the Seattle University Bookstore. Master's, educational specialists and doctoral degree candidates wear hoods appropriate to their degrees.

Tassels

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

College/School

Undergraduate

Graduate

College of Arts & Sciences

White

Peacock Blue

Albers School of Business & Economics

Tan

Tan

College of Education

 

Light Blue

Old Gold (Doctoral)

College of Nursing

Apricot

Apricot

College of Science & Engineering

Gold (Sciences)

Orange (Engineering - Civil, Electrical, Mechanical)

Orange

Gold (Computer Science)

Regalia Donation

Campus Ministry supports undergraduates to access regalia for graduation. If you are a first-gen student and/or a student of high financial need and would like to borrow a cap and gown from our Commencement Closet, please contact cmjustice@seattleu.edu.

Unsure of what to do with your commencement regalia after graduation? Donate it to Campus Ministry's regalia closet, which provides Redhawks of high financial need with loaner regalia. Drop your regalia off at Campus Ministry in Student Center 120 during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or mail it to:

Campus Ministry (STCN 120)
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122