Cap & Gown
To participate in commencement, students must adhere to the following requirements. Please review all information carefully.
Step 1: Graduation Application
Step 2: Exit Counseling
Step 3: Cap & Gown Form
Step 4: Clothing & Attire
Step 5: Academic Hood (N/A to associate degree recipients)
A Note on Traditions
The tradition of wearing distinctive dress for academic ceremonies dates back to the Middle Ages, when woolen costumes were worn mainly by nobility and clergy. Colors were added during the Renaissance, particularly at Oxford and Cambridge where scarlet hoods were worn by doctors.
Today, academic costumes are usually worn in the United States by people participating in academic ceremonies. The academic dress at Johnson & Wales meets the standards set by the intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume. All students wear the standard black gown and square "Oxford cap." The faculty and platform party will be wearing regalia representative of the degrees they possess. The president and other officials of the university will wear caps and gowns designed exclusively for JWU. The honorary degree recipients will wear the academic costume and hood appropriate for the degree being conferred upon them.