Cap & gown pickup will be available in the campus bookstore February 3 through May 22, 2014. Students who are unable to pick up a cap & gown during these times should make arrangements with the Bookstore for pickup at the ceremony.
Students must first apply for graduation at jwuLink and pick up their Cap & Gown Voucher from Student Academic & Financial Services.
For student loan borrowers, you will receive a Cap & Gown Voucher once you have completed your exit counseling session. Student Academic & Financial Services will assist winter graduates and spring graduates who will be on internship in the spring with exit counseling during the following times in ASC 104. Additional exit counseling sessions for spring graduates and those summer graduates on internship in the summer will be offered in the spring term (check back in March).
Students without loans can come to Student Academic & Financial Services starting Feb. 3 to pick up their Cap & Gown Voucher without completing exit counseling.
What to Wear & How to Wear ItGraduates
are expected to wear the full academic dress (cap, gown and hood) appropriate to
your degree. Those in the military are permitted to wear appropriate military
dress uniforms. Men traditionally wear a white dress shirt, slacks, plain tie
and dress shoes under the gown; women typically wear a dress or skirt and blouse
and dress shoes under the gown.
Graduates should put on their cap and
gown before entering the assembly area. Staff will be on hand if you need
assistance. Leave coats, valuables and other items with parents, friends or
guests. You will not be able to store any personal belongings in the assembly
area nor will you be permitted to march in the procession with items such as
bags, flowers, balloons etc.
The gown should be ironed and worn. Both the
cap and gown should be worn at all times by women; men remove their caps for the
national anthem, the invocation and the benediction, but wear them at all other
times throughout the ceremony. The tassel is to hang on the front right side of
As a tradition, graduates may purchase a stole of gratitude in the
Bookstore for individuals in the audience who provided extraordinary support to
him/her during their studies.
HoodBachelor’s degree recipients also wear an academic hood
representing their higher level of education. Your hood should be draped around
your neck with the largest portion of the hood hanging down your back. The
velvet border, which indicates your specific field of study, should be showing
on the outside. The velvet should fold under on the lower back to allow the
colors of your college to show. To keep your hood from being too tight against
your neck, there is a cord on the front to help secure it to a shirt button or
to pin to a blouse or dress.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 Johnson & Wales University. The honorary degree recipients will wear the
academic costume and hood appropriate for the degree being conferred upon
Honors RegaliaAcademic honors: Students who qualify for cum laude, magna
cum laude and summa cum laude will receive a gold cord at the ceremony. Honors
status will be confirmed in the confirmation email sent in April from Student
Honors program: Students who have completed all requirements
of the Honors Scholastic Society will receive a gold stole to wear on the day of
the ceremony. Students should contact Honors Coordinator Petas Bonaparte from the School of
Arts & Sciences (ASC 201, 305-892-7649) for additional information.
University service: Students who have completed a designated
number of university service hours through student organizations, held a
leadership position and maintained a minimum grade point average will receive a
blue and white braided cord from their advisers.
Alpha Beta Kappa: Students selected as members of the Alpha
Beta Kappa honor society will be presented with Alpha Beta Kappa honor cords at
the University Awards Ceremony.