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Regalia is required for the Hooding Ceremony and Commencement. You can order master’s or PhD regalia from the University’s Commencement website.

The 2019 deadline to order regalia is May 10, 2019.


The gown body is purple with black velvet front panels softly curving around the neck and sweeping down the length of the gown. A special Northwestern University “1851” embroidered emblem is placed at chest level on each of the front panels. Each of the purple double bell sleeves has three black velvet sleeve chevrons. The gown has a pocket slit on the wearer’s right and a zipper closure.


The hood is standard doctor style with a black shell, a velvet trim and a purple satin lining with a gold satin chevron.

Students receiving the Master of Fine Arts wear a brown hood.  Students who are receiving the Doctor of Philosophy wear a dark blue hood.


The tam is a four-corner style in black velvet accented with a gold metallic tassel.

Hooding instructions

Faculty may download a diagram of the hooding guidelines.