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Graduation Regalia

Graduation regalia include the cap and gown, as well as other distinguishing hoods, stoles, and cords that denote traditions of academic achievement. Only those who have achieved an academic honor or are members of an academic honors society are entitled to wear the special regalia.

For those graduates who miss the March 18 deadline for ordering graduation regalia, the bookstore at the Dahlonega and Gainesville locations will have what you need for purchase two weeks prior to graduation. Gowns, caps, tassels and hoods (masters, specialist and honor) will be available to purchase separately. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the regalia online since buying open stock will cost more.

Important Regalia Changes to Note for 2018

  • Associate degree candidates will wear black caps and gowns instead of grey.
  • Bachelor degree candidates must purchase the required UNG blue and gold achievement stole. If you order your regalia online through Herff Jones, the stole comes as part of your package. If you plan to borrow a standard black cap and gown, you must purchase the UNG blue and gold achievement stole from the bookstore in April.
  • Honor Graduates will be able to purchase their honor cords from the bookstore in April. Cords are the newly selected adornment to designate an honor graduate under our regalia policy. Recognizing the considerable effort of the students who earn honors, the color of the cord will signify the level of honors:
  • Summa Cum Laude - Blue, Gold, and White wrapped cord
  • Magna Cum Laude - Blue and Gold wrapped cord
  • Cum Laude - Gold cord
  • With Distinction - White cord

  • Cap Decorations Students are discouraged from decorating their mortarboards; however, if decorated, it must be minimal and non-distracting to the ceremony and other graduates.  Mortarboards may be decorated on the top only and any decorations must lie flat on the mortarboard. Decorations may not extend beyond the dimensions or dangle from the mortarboard, other than the University approved tassel.
Academic regalia will be sold as open stock in the bookstore at a higher price if not ordered by the  bookstore's published deadline. Open stock will be available in the store two weeks before graduation.
Man in Cap and Gown

Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns are ordered through the Bookstore. See their special page on Graduation for deadlines and more information.
Man wearing UNG Master's Hood


Graduate students are hooded during the commencement ceremony. 
The graduate hoods are part of the cap and gown order from the Bookstore.
The color of the hood corresponds to the student's school and major. 
Woman wearing UNG Honor Cord

Honor Society Cords

Students who are members of an academic honor society may wear honor society cords over graduation regalia.
These honor cords, if available, are ordered through the honor society’s advisor.

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