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Regalia orders are available for pickup at the Norris University Bookstore. The bookstore's pickup schedule is here.

Regalia is required for all Northwestern ceremonies. The regalia ordering system is managed by the University's Commencement Office. You can order master’s or PhD regalia through the University’s Commencement website. The deadline to order regalia is Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

For MFA and PhD student eligible for The Graduate School's hooding ceremony:

Differences Between Rental Regalia Package and Finer-Quality Regalia Package 


Please note: these details describe the finer-quality academic regalia package.

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 doctoral style with a black shell, a velvet trim, and a purple satin lining with a gold satin chevron.

MFA graduates wear a brown hood while PHD graduates wear a dark blue hood.


MFA graduates wear a traditional cap while PhD graduates wear a tam.

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

Hooding instructions

Faculty hooders may download this diagram with detailed hooding instructions.


Last Updated: June 3, 2022.