Graduation Caps and Gowns

University of Dayton graduates wear the traditional black gown which dates back to the Middle Ages. Following the code established by a special commission in 1895, today's graduates wear the cap, gown and hood.

The cap, or mortar-board, can be black for any degree. The tassel is switched from the right to the left side of the cap at the moment the degree is awarded.

The gown, as established by the special commission, is always black. Candidates for the bachelor's degree wear a simple gown. Master's degree candidates wear a gown with a variation in the sleeve. Doctoral candidates wear a more elaborate gown signified by velvet panels around the neck and down the front, as well as three bars on the sleeves.

Student Cap and Gown Orders

Order your cap and gown through the University of Dayton Bookstore! You will need the following information:

  •  Your height (in feet and inches)

  •  Your weight (in pounds)

Choose from Bachelors, Doctors or Masters gowns, and be sure to include your student ID number in the shopping cart. We will use your order and student ID number to verify your candidacy and provide the appropriate colored hood for your gown and honor cords (if eligible).

If you select to have your gown mailed to you, you will be responsible for shipping charges. If you choose to pick up your gown in-store, you will receive an email when your regalia is ready to be picked up.

Congratulations Graduates!

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