Cap & Gown Pick-up In order to
get your cap and gown, you will need to complete all graduation requirements.
You will NOT be able to pick up your cap and gown on the day of
Personalized commencement announcements may be ordered from the Village
Bookstore, but should be ordered in advance to ensure timely receipt. Check back
for updates on how to order your announcements.
What to Wear and How to Wear It You
are expected to wear the full academic dress (cap, gown, and hood) appropriate
to your degree. Graduates who are in the military are permitted to wear
appropriate military dress uniforms. Attire traditionally worn with the gown:
men — suit or jacket and slacks, plain tie and shoes; women — dress or skirt and
blouse and shoes.
Graduates should put on their cap and gown before entering the assembly area.
University staff members 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.
The gown should be ironed and worn straight. 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 the cap.
Academic Hood Bachelor's degree
recipients also wear an academic hood representing their higher level of
Your hood should be placed over the shoulders. There should be no color
visible at first. Once the hood is in place, unfold it slightly to expose the
colors. Women may choose to fasten the hood at the shoulders with safety pins
for more comfort. For men, the neckband of the hood should be placed over the
Traditions The tradition of wearing
distinctive dress for academic ceremonies dates back to the Middle Ages.
Costumes were worn mainly by nobility and clergy. Most of the early academic
costumes were made of woolen cloth. Colors were added during the Renaissance,
particularly at Oxford and Cambridge where scarlet hoods were worn by
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 Johnson & Wales University. The
honorary degree recipients will wear the academic costume and hood appropriate
for the degree being conferred upon them.