Information on regalia rental can be found on the University’s Commencement website. PhD candidates may elect to purchase official Northwestern regalia and should contact to make arrangements.


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 tassle.

Hooding Instructions

Faculty may download a diagram of the procession and hooding guidelines.

Northwestern regalia, robe and hood