Cap & Gown Info

Required The University Commencement Ceremony is an academic ceremony; therefore all participants must wear traditional academic regalia.

Commencement Regalia Uniform Code

Cap and Gown In 1896, colleges and universities throughout the United States adopted a uniform code governing academic dress, and all graduates from the University of Colorado wear black gowns. Those who are receiving a master's or doctor's degree wear hoods lined with the university colors, silver and gold. The velvet border of the hood indicates the degree and master’s graduates wear a black cap and tassel, while the doctor graduates have a gold bullion tassel attached to their tam.

Master's, Doctoral, and Law Students

Master's, Doctoral, and Law Students wear rental attire from Jostens. Please visit the commencement website for cap and gown information.

For information about purchasing custom fine quality regalia, you may order directly

Jostens Customer Service: 800-854-7464 Eleanor Boudreau 303-779-0192

Undergraduate Students

Cap and Gown

Students graduating with their bachelor degree wear a black cap and a colored tassel that indicates their field of study, with the exception of the B.A. degree whose candidates wear white tassels indicating the Arts. Tassels are worn to the right front of the cap before the degree is conferred, and over the left thereafter.

  • Architecture and Planning: Blue-Violet
  • Arts and Sciences: White
  • Business: Sapphire Blue
  • Engineering: Orange
  • Fine Arts: Brown
  • Media Communication & Information: Red
  • Music: Pink

All bachelor students are required to purchase regalia for the ceremony from the CU Book Store, located in the UMC. Regalia will be available for purchase at the cashiers in the lower level of the bookstore beginning November 1. Regalia can also be purchased online from the CU Book Store's website. Please view our regalia pages for detailed product information. Regalia purchased is non-returnable. Other souvenir regalia packages are available for purchase. Call 303-492-6411 or visit the store for more information. The CU Boulder undergraduate regalia from Jostens features the Elements Collection™, and is the only U.S. Certified Bio-Based regalia available in America. Sourced from wood pulp, the fabric represents true sustainability, and is bio-degradable.


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