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Academic Attire for Commencement

If you are planning to participate in the Commencement ceremony on Saturday May 17, 2014 at Kleinhans Music Hall, and even if you are not sure at this time if you will be able to participate, it is very important that you place an order for attire. A Cap and Gown are required to be worn by all participants. You will not be charged if you cancel an order. However, you may be charged a $5.00 late fee if you order after March 3, 2014.

ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY Monday, MARCH 3rd, 2014 to guarantee you have your academic attire. Orders are placed using the form below. Payment is made when you pick up your package before commencement in May. You will be notified by general email announcement when the gowns start to arrive in late April – May. Please confirm the degree you are earning before you order your attire. Additional hoods or robes needed to correct your order will have additional charges applied.

Caps are elasticized and one-size-fits all. The mortarboard is traditionally worn in the horizontal position, not perched vertically on the back of one's head. The tassel is worn over the right side of the hat before the degree is conferred, and moved to the left during the ceremony. Gowns are to be eight to ten inches from the floor while wearing shoes. Please note this when you are placing your order. You need to add inches to your height if necessary to ensure the correct length. The hood is carried over your arm until you have walked across the stage at Commencement. Explicit instructions will be given to you at rehearsal.

The colors inside the hood are blue and white to represent the college. The velvet trim on the hood signifies the degree: gold for the Sciences, white for the Liberal Arts, dark brown for the Fine Arts , apricot for Doctor of Nursing Practitioner and teal for Doctor of Physical Therapy. If you are getting a dual degree, the Science degree takes precedence over the Liberal Arts or Fine Arts degree.

The Bookstore has a selection of diploma frames and other gifts available for purchase. The Balfour/ArtCarved class ring representative will be in the Bookstore mid February 2014. Rings ordered at that time should be shipped before graduation.

The Bookstore will be open 8:30 -11am the morning of Commencement for the last minute purchases. Bookstore staff will be present as well at Kleinhans with a small selection of flowers and gifts available for purchase before the ceremony.


Complete (gown, hood, cap and tassel)
MASTERS $73.00

Any questions concerning Commencement attire or announcements should be directed to the Bookstore, 716-839-8245. Thank you and CONGRADULATIONS!

The deadline for Graduation regalia orders has passed. If you need to order regalia please contact the bookstore in person or by phone 716-839-8245.

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