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Cap and Gown

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Graduates can purchase undergraduate/master’s regalia from Herff Jones, our preferred vendor, at herff.ly/nku until Friday, April 9, and in person at the NKU Bookstore in the University Center until Friday, May 7. The NKU Bookstore will not accept returns after Friday, May 7 (regalia must also be in the original packaging). 

The only required pieces each degree candidate must have are a cap, gown and tassel. Master and doctoral candidates must also have an academic hood. 

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  • APPAREL FOR ASSOCIATE OR BACHELOR DEGREES 
    The required apparel for associate and bachelor degree candidates is a black gown, black cap and black/gold tassel. The optional NKU stole of gratitude is also available for an additional cost.

  • APPAREL FOR MASTER DEGREES 
    The required apparel for master degree candidates is a black master’s gown, black cap and a tassel and hood in the color corresponding to the field of study (see below). The optional NKU stole of gratitude is also available for an additional cost.

  • APPAREL FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE CERTIFICATES
    Graduates who are earning both a certificate(s) and an undergraduate or graduate degree should wear the regalia for their degree as described above. Students earning an undergraduate certificate only should wear regular undergraduate regalia: black gown, black cap and black/gold tassel. Students earning a graduate certificate only should wear their regalia from their highest earned degree. 

  • APPAREL FOR DOCTORAL DEGREES 
    Doctoral regalia must be specially ordered in advance. Doctoral candidates should have received notification from their dean’s office with order and pricing information.

    Master and doctoral candidates should carry the hood as they enter the ceremony area and will be invited to put on their hoods during the conferral of degrees during the ceremony.  Please note that master and doctoral candidates do not receive University Honors cords. If you are a member of an honorary society, check with your dean’s office to determine the availability of cords to be worn at Commencement.

  • UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC HONOR CORDS  
    May 2021 undergraduate students who qualify for University Honors can pick up honor cords upon arrival at the commencement ceremony on May 8-9. If you don’t attend your ceremony, university honor cords will be mailed to you later in May.

    Undergraduate students who qualified for University Honors in 2020 should have received cords in the mail following their graduation. Please bring your honor cords with you on Sunday, May 9, 2021. 

    • CUMULATIVE GPA
      Summa cum laude = 3.90-4.00
      Magna cum laude = 3.75-3.8999
      Cum laude = 3.50-3.7499

  • ORGANIZATIONAL HONOR CORDS AND STOLES
    Please contact the head of your organization, department, or club to inquire ifstoles or cords will be offered.

  • DEGREES AND HOOD/TASSEL COLOR FOR MASTER AND DOCTORAL DEGREES 
    • COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES  
      English (white); Integrative Studies (white); Public History (white); Industrial-Organizational Psychology (old gold);  Public Administration (peacock blue)
    • COLLEGE OF EDUCATION   
      Education (light blue); Teaching (light blue); Educational Leadership (light blue) 
    • HAILE/US BANK COLLEGE OF BUSINESS   
      Accountancy (drab); Business Administration (drab);  Executive Leadership and Organizational Change (drab), Master of Science in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change (drab)
    • COLLEGE OF INFORMATICS   
      Communication (copper); Computer Science (copper);  Health Informatics (copper); Business Informatics (copper); Computer Information Technology (copper)
    • COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES  
      Nursing (apricot); Health Science (sage green); Exercise Science (old gold);  Clinical Mental Health Counseling (light blue); School Counseling (light blue); Social Work (citron)

For questions on academic apparel, please contact specialevents@nku.edu.

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