Academic apparel is required for both ceremonies (May 13-14). Students can order apparel online; see info below. DEL students should plan to pick up their apparel from the bookstore while on campus May 11 &12.
Typically, the Nicholas School Student Council facilitates an apparel lottery where students in need can utilize apparel donated by spring 2016 graduates. Be on the lookout for an email from the NSOE Student Council with instructions on how you can enter the lottery for > a tassel, cap, hood, and/or gown. You must wear the full academic apparel to both the NSOE Recognition Ceremony and the University-wide Ceremony, but should not wear the hood at the baccalaureate service. The style and color of your academic apparel depend on the degree you will receive at commencement.
Click here to order your academic apparel online. The deadline for apparel orders is March 20, 2017. If you are receiving a doctoral degree and prefer to purchase doctoral apparel, please contact Patti Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, February 28. Doctoral purchases are custom fit and orders take a minimum of 6 weeks to process.
|Bachelor’s, Trinity||Bachelor’s, Pratt||Master’s||Doctoral||PhD||All Law Degrees|
|Rent or Purchase Option?||Purchase Only||Purchase Only||Purchase Only||Rental or Purchase||Rental or Purchase||Rental or Purchase|
|Tam or Mortarboard?||Mortarboard||Mortarboard||Mortarboard||Velvet Tam||Velvet Tam||Tam|
|Tassel Color||Black||Orange||Depends on Degree||Depends on Degree||Gold||Purple|
|Gown||Black Bachelor’s Gown||Black Bachelor’s Gown||Black Master’s Gown||Black Doctoral Gown with Colored Velvet Trim||Custom Duke Blue||Black Doctoral with Purple Velvet Trim|
|Hood Color||Depends on degree||Orange||Depends on Degree||Depends on Degree||Dark Blue||Purple Trim|
|Cost of Complete Apparel||$55 + tax||$55 + tax||$60 + Tax||$65 + Tax for Rental||$65 + Tax for Rental, Approximately $700 for Purchase||$65 + Tax for Rental|
You may pick up your apparel during the following dates and times. Please note, they will be closed on Sunday, May 7.
Bryan Center (Brown Art Gallery)
|Monday, May 1 – Saturday, May 6||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Sunday, May 7||CLOSED|
|Monday, May 8 – Saturday, May 13||9 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
Protocol and Fit
- The graduation gown should fall midway between the knee and ankle.
- There are different styles and colors of hoods. At the commencement ceremony, you should wear the hood that corresponds to the degree you are receiving. If you have earned both a terminal degree and a master’s degree (a Juris Doctor and a Master of Public Policy, for example) during the same semester, march wearing the gown and hood of the highest degree and drape the other hood over your left arm.
Caps, Tams, and Tassels
- Traditionally, women wear academic caps at all times, and men remove their caps during the National Anthem and opening invocation and replace them for the conferring of degrees. There is no hard rule for the position of the tassel on a mortarboard. Several institutions have adopted the practice, during commencement exercises, of requiring candidates for degrees to wear the tassels on the right front side before degrees are conferred and to shift them to the left at the moment when degrees are awarded to them.
- The university is happy to consider proposals for any adornment to the commencement gown that is related to academic merit. Nonacademic adornments are not approved by the university. All adornments should be in good taste and fitting for a ceremonial occasion. Please email the Office of Special Events & University Ceremonies if you have questions on what is considered appropriate.
Hood and Tassel Colors
|Degree||Hood and Tassel Color|
|Doctor of Philosophy||Dark Blue|
|Master of Science||Yellow|
|Master of Arts, in Teaching||White|
|Master of Fine Arts||Brown|
|Doctor of Medicine||Green|
|Doctor of Physical Therapy||Teal|
|Medicine, Master’s Programs||Yellow|
|Trinity, Bachelor of Arts||White and Black|
|Trinity, Bachelor of Science||Yellow and Black|