Cap and Gown
Custom purple rental gowns are the regalia standard and must be worn by all participating candidates.
- Cap and gown are designed for Northwestern and feature the University crest.
- Tassels feature the Northwestern seal signet and are worn on the left side at all times.
- Candidates may not alter or decorate their regalia in any way or wear additional articles not directly related to academic merit. Doing so may interfere with your ability to participate.
- Advanced degree candidates wear hoods.
- The lining of the Northwestern hood is purple and gold, and the color of the velvet border of the hood is acorn.
- Kellogg's tassels are acorn colored.
All degree candidates may retain their cap and keepsake tassel.
How to Order
Caps and Gowns may be ordered through the Herff Jones website.
THE DEADLINE FOR STUDENT REGALIA ORDERS IS: FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
The rental fee is $66.63 cash (cap, gown and hood).
Cap and Gown Pickup
Pick up at Norris on Wednesday, June 17 between 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Pick up at Wieboldt Hall during the following times:
Monday, June 15 - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16 - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17 - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 18 - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Part-Time Saturday students traveling in for graduation:
If these pickup times do not work for you, please contact Alana Weisberg.
Late Orders - You will need to pick up your cap and gown at Norris on Wednesday, June 17 between 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. $80 cash only.
Let your friends and family know about the big day! More information will be coming soon.
All graduating students must fill out the Ceremony Attendance and Diploma Form to let us know if you’ll be attending the convocation ceremony. RSVPs are due by June 1.
If participating in the ceremony:
You will receive your diploma after you have exited the stage.
If not participating in the ceremony:
- Full time students
Pick up your diploma from Registration and Student Records the week following the graduation ceremony, Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. In order to assure that we issue the correct diploma to the correct person, you must show some sort of Photo ID when picking up your diploma. Photo ID can be a driver’s license, your Wildcard, state ID or other form of photo identification.
If you will not be picking up your diploma, please indicate on the Ceremony Attendance and Diploma Instructions site where you would like us to send it – either to your current or permanent address or to an address just for this purpose. If you have not picked up your diploma by the end of the week following the ceremony and have not specified an address, it will be mailed to your permanent address.
- Part time students
Please indicate on the Ceremony Attendance and Diploma Instructions site where you would like us to send your diploma – either to your current or permanent address, or to an address just for this purpose. NOTE: For students completing their degree requirements in August, your diploma will be mailed out in November.
Diploma name submission:
If you have not already done so, please record the pronunciation of your name in the on-line Student Directory. This may be accomplished using your laptop, and instructions can be found here.
A professional photographer from Grad Images will take two photos of each graduate:
- Prior to entering the stage; and
- When the graduate shakes the hand of Dean Blount
Color proofs of these photos will be emailed to you within a week after graduation. Enlargements will be available at a reasonable price.
Friends and parents are encouraged to relax in their seats and limit their personal picture taking to before or after the presentation of diplomas.