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Graduation Regalia

Graduation regalia includes 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 UNG bookstores on the Dahlonega and Gainesville Campuses will have what you need for purchase. 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.

Regalia Examples

Associate

Associate Degree Candidates

  • Traditional black gown
  • Caps are traditional mortarboards and tassels are black


Associate Degree Candidate with Distinction

associate degree distinction cord
With Distinction Overall GPA 3.50 or higher
Bachelor's

Bachelor's Degree Candidates 

  • Traditional black gown
  • Caps are traditional mortarboards and tassels are black
  • Blue and gold achievement stole

Please Note: The stole will come with your package from Herff Jones or may be purchased separately from the bookstore. 


Honor Graduates

Honor Graduates will be able to purchase their honor cords from the bookstore. Cords are the 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 honors cord
Summa Cum Laude Overall GPA 3.90-4.00
magna cum laude blue and gold wrapped honors cord
Magna Cum Laude Overall GPA 3.70-3.89
cum laude gold honors cord
Cum Laude Overall GPA 3.50-3.69
Please note: The designation of honors is based on the student's GPA from the previous semester. If you have questions on whether you are eligible to receive honors, please contact your campus Registrar's Office.
Master's

Master’s Degree Candidates

  • Traditional black gown with full-length square sleeves with a crescent piece hanging from each sleeve
  • The master’s hoods are lined in blue and white and colors appropriate to their major
  • Caps are traditional mortarboards with tassels appropriate to their major

Graduate students are hooded during the commencement ceremony. The graduate hoods are part of the cap and gown order from Herff Jones. The color of the hood corresponds to the student's school and major. 


Doctoral

Doctoral Degree Candidates

  • Black customized regalia with full rounded sleeves, velvet facing on the front and velvet bars on the sleeves
  • Hoods are lined with blue and white and colors appropriate to their major
  • Doctoral candidates wear a tam

Graduate students are hooded during the commencement ceremony. The graduate hoods are part of the cap and gown order from Herff Jones. The color of the hood corresponds to the student's school and major. 


Veteran or Military

Veteran or Military Graduates

veteran or military red, white, and blue cord
Military Cord

Academic regalia will be sold as open stock in the bookstore at a higher price if not ordered by the published deadline. Open stock will be available in the store and online for purchase shortly after the published deadline. Please note that if you elect to order regalia items online from the UNG Bookstore that you should submit your order no later than two weeks prior to your scheduled ceremony. Any orders made after this may not ship on time. 

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