Cap and Gown

Ordering Your Cap and Gown

Grand Canyon University graduate candidates are required to wear regalia as part of participation within the commencement ceremony.  Herff Jones is Grand Canyon University's Commencement Regalia vendor.

2014 Spring Commencement Ceremony Order Deadline

Bachelor and Master Students

First deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Second deadline (with expedited feeds): Thursday, February 20, 2014
(Note: There will be a Rush Fee for any order that is placed after the initial deadline passes)


Only deadline: February 7, 2014

*To order your regalia, the order link will be available on your confirmation email once you complete your registration and submit it through the "finish button" at the end of the registration process.

*If you do not plan to attend the commencement ceremony but would like to order your cap and gown for memento, please send an email to and we will provide you with the vendor contact information.

Regalia Costs

Undergraduate Graduate Doctoral
Undergraduate gown Graduate Gown Doctoral Gown

Bachelor cap, gown and tassel
plus stole unit

Master cap, gown and tassel
plus hood unit

Doctoral gown, tam,
tassel and hood
$123.60 (rental)

*Regalia is required for all graduation participants.  If you have regalia and do not wish to purchase new regalia, please be sure to bring it to the commencement ceremony.

What is Regalia?

Regalia consists of mortar boards (the cap), gowns and hoods depending on your level of degree completion. The distinguishing marks of the gowns indicate the level of scholastic achievement of the wearer. Those who hold doctorates wear gowns that have a facing of velvet on the bell-shaped sleeves as well as front panels.  While neither the master's nor bachelor's gowns have trimmings, both are distinguished by the cut of the sleeves. The master's gown is noted by its long oblong sleeve which drapes freely to the wrist; the bachelor's gown has a pointed sleeve.

Hoods, designed to display the school's colors, as well as the type of degree and area of study, are worn around the neck and flowing down the back. The color of the lining inside the hood- the chevron- represents the colors of the wearer's alma mater. The color and width of the velvet edging on the hood indicates the degree and field of study.

Baccalaureate graduates of Grand Canyon University wear the black gown with GCU purple stole without the hood. The academic colleges are represented by the color of the tassels which hang from the mortarboards.

Grand Canyon University Hood Colors

Arts, Letters, Humanities White
Business Drab
Education Light Blue
Math and Sciences Gold
Music Pink
Nursing Apricot
Public Health Salmon Pink
Public Administration Peacock Blue
Religion Scarlet