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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 Students, and Law Students

Master's, Doctoral, and Law Students wear regalia purchased directly from Jostens

Regalia for Master's students consists of a keepsake gown, hood, cap, and tassel: $46.22 (plus tax and shipping)

Regalia for Doctoral students consists of a keepsake gown, hood, tam, and tassel: $67.90 (plus tax and shipping)

The deadline to order your regalia online is 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday, November 10th. Please note that gowns, hoods, and caps/tams are not rentals and are yours to keep.

Please view Jostens University of Colorado product webpage for details on additional products available.

If you wish to purchase custom fine quality regalia to have it for future use, you may order online or contact Jostens Customer Service: 800-854-7464; Clay Rogers 970-617-5970

**Custom fine quality orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 10th at 11:59 p.m. MT for the 2021 Winter Recognition Ceremonies.

Please note that this information is subject to change. Jostens is the officially approved provider of regalia by the University of Colorado Boulder and there are no substitutions.

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
  • Education: Light Blue
  • 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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