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Academic regalia are the traditional dress for degree candidates participating in College Convocations, as well as the University-wide Commencement ceremony.

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There are two ways to order your cap and gown before graduation.

  • IN-STORE - Students can purchase and pick up their graduation gear at the Jostens pop-up shop in the new The Sooner Shop (located in the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium across from the football ticket office). Open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM.
  • ONLINE - Students can purchase their graduation gear by clicking the appropriate tab below. There is a $12.95 shipping fee for online orders. The online order deadline is April 22.
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Doctoral Degree Candidates

Among the most elaborate regalia on display at Commencement is that of the doctoral degree candidates. Doctoral regalia is decorated with velvet lapels and three velvet stripes on each sleeve. OU has customized doctoral gowns with crimson velvet on the front lapels and stripes on the sleeves. In place of the mortarboard, most doctoral students choose to wear a tam, a velvet hat with a gold tassel.  Gold tassels on the mortarboard or tam represent a doctoral degree.

The inside lining of the hood bears the colors of the institution from which the degree was earned. OU doctoral hoods are lined in satin crimson and cream. The velvet on the top side of the hood represents the specific degree. For example, royal blue velvet represents a Doctor of Philosophy or PhD.

Doctoral Regalia Package - Mortarboard, Short Gold Silky Tassel, Hood and Gown with Crimson Velvet: $102.50 (sales tax not included)

NOTE - For an additional cost, Fine Quality Doctoral Regalia is available for purchase. Fine Quality regalia is custom made and most commonly purchased by individuals pursuing a career in higher education.

Order your Academic Regalia (Doctoral)

Law Regalia Package - Velvet Tam, Tassel, Hood, and Gown with Crimson Velvet: $102.50 (sales tax not included)

Questions? Contact Becky Lucas at (405) 325-4692.

Master of Legal Studies (MLS) may order their academic regalia online by clicking HERE and selecting "Legal Studies" under Major/Curriculum.

Master's Degree Candidates

Master’s degree candidates wear a modified gown with longer sleeves, the mortarboard with a tassel, and a hood. Most master’s candidates wear a black tassel and the velvet on the top side of the hood represents the degree. Some master programs have a customized tassel in addition to the customized velvet on the hood, like Allied Health, with a Nile Green tassel and hood.

Master’s Regalia Package – Mortarboard, Tassel, Hood, and OU customized gown with a University Seal embroidered on the yoke: $54.50 (sales tax not included)

Order your Academic Regalia (Master's)

If you are unsure of your degree (e.g. Master of Arts or Master of Science), visit your College's page on ou.edu/checksheets/graduate.

Arts and Sciences

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Library and Information Studies

Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science

Earth and Energy

  • Master of Science (Petroleum Engineering)
  • Master of Science (Natural Gas Engineering and Management)
  • Master of Science (Geology/Geophysics)

Fine Arts

  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music or Music Education

Professional and Continuing Studies

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Prevention Science

The following OU-Tulsa degree programs can order their regalia HERE.

  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Psychology and Organizational Dynamics
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Human Relations
  • Master of Library and Information Studies
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Urban Design
  • Master of Science in Engineering
  • Master of Social Work

The following OU-Tulsa degree programs can order their regalia by clicking the link below.

Bachelor's Degree Candidates

A black gown and mortarboard are worn by bachelor's degree candidates. A tassel in the color designated for the specific academic discipline is attached to the mortarboard. Some students receive stoles or cords based on participation in certain activities or organizations.

Bachelor’s Regalia Package – Mortarboard, Tassel, and OU customized gown with a University Seal embroidered on the yoke: $31.50 (sales tax not included)

Order your Academic Regalia (Bachelor's)

If you are unsure of your degree (e.g. Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science), visit your College's page on ou.edu/checksheets.

Fine Arts

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music or Musical Arts or Music Education

Professional and Continuing Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science

Tassel Colors

Individual tassels can be purchased at the Jostens pop-up shop in the Fanatics store (located in the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium across from the football ticket office) starting April 1. Tassels are $3 each.

College
Color
Allied Health
Nile Green
Architecture
Blue Violet
Arts and Sciences
White (Arts)
Yellow (Sciences)
Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
Blue and Brown
BusinessLight Brown
Denistry/Dental HygieneLilac
Earth and Energy
Silver and Green
EducationLight Blue
EngineeringOrange
Fine Arts
Brown (Fine Arts)
Pink (Music)
International Studies
White
Journalism and Mass Communication
Crimson
NursingApricot
Professional and Continuing Studies
White (Arts)
Yellow (Sciences)

All Masters students receive a BLACK tassel, with the following exceptions:

DegreeColor
Master of Occupational Therapy
Nile Green
Master of Arts in Dietetics
Nile Green
Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology
Nile Green
Master of Public HealthSalmon

All Doctoral students receive a short, gold tassel, with the following exceptions:

DegreeColor

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

Nile Green
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Nile Green
Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc)
Nile Green
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Black
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Olive
Juris Doctorate (JD)
Purple

Hood Colors

Masters and doctoral hoods can be purchased at the Jostens pop-up shop in the Fanatics store (located in the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium across from the football ticket office) starting April 1. Hoods are $20 each.

CollegeColor
Allied Health
Nile Green
ArchitectureBlue Violet
Arts and Sciences
White (Arts)
Yellow (Science)
Peacock (Public Adminsitration)
Citron (Social Work)
Lemon (Library and Information Studies)
Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
White (Arts)
Yellow (Science)
BusinessLight Brown
Earth and Energy
Orange (Petroleum Engineering)
Orange (Natural Gas and Engineering Management)
Yellow (Geology/Geophysics)
EducationLight Blue
EngineeringOrange
Fine Arts
Brown (Fine Arts)
Pink (Music/Music Education)
HSC Graduate College
Yellow
International Studies
White
Journalism and Mass Communication
Crimson
Legal Studies
Purple
NursingApricot
Professional and Continuing Studies
White (Arts)
Light Blue (Education)
White (Human Relations)
Yellow (Science)
Yellow (Prevention Science)
Public HealthSalmon (Public Health)
Yellow (Health Administration)
DegreeColor
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Royal Blue
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Light Blue
Doctor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Royal Blue
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
Pink
Doctor of Audiology (AuD)
Nile Green
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Lilac
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Nile Green
Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DSc)
Nile Green
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Apricot
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Olive
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Kelly Green
Juris Doctorate (JD)
Purple

Academic Distinction Hood

Those graduating with distinction wear a gold hood with their gown.

The with distinction degree designation is conferred by the student’s degree-granting college. Each college has established unique requirements for graduating with distinction or special distinction. Distinction is based primarily on the student’s grade point average. Both the transcript and the diploma carry the designation. Contact your academic advisor for specific requirements.

Academic Distinction hoods can be purchased at the Jostens pop-up shop in Fanatics store (located in the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium across from the football ticket office).
Academic Distinction Hood:
$17.25 (sales tax not included)

Honors Hood

Honors College graduation candidates wear a crimson hood with their gown.

Students graduate with honors must have been accepted to the Honors College and have fulfilled the requirements outlined by the Honors College.

Cum Laude (3.40-3.59)
Magna cum Laude (3.60-3.79)
Summa cum Laude (3.80-4.00)

Honors hoods can be purchased at the Jostens pop-up shop in Fanatics store (located in the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium across from the football ticket office).
Honors Hood:
$17.25 (sales tax not included)

4.0 Medallion

Undergraduate students with an overall 4.0 GPA are eligible to receive a 4.0 University medallion on a crimson ribbon.

Students must have a 4.0 on all OU work and on any work transferred from other institutions, including concurrent enrollment taken during high school. They may wear the medallion during Commencement and Convocation exercises.

In addition, their names will be listed in a special section of the May Commencement program, and they will be invited to attend a special 4.0 University medallion presentation.

All 4.0 medallion students are also eligible to wear the gold Academic Distinction hood or the crimson Honors hood with their gown which may be purchased for an additional fee (listed above).

Students who qualify will be notified by their degree-recommending college. The Graduation Office will provide information regarding the presentation. Presentations are held during the fall and spring semesters. If students are unable to attend the presentation, they may pick up their medallions in the Graduation Office (Wagner Hall, Suite 203).

Stoles and Cords

Students may be awarded additional stoles and cords based on their membership or participation in organizations. Please consult with your organization's president or adviser to determine if there are stoles or cords and available as well as where they can be purchased or picked up.

An OU stole is available for purchase at the Jostens pop-up shop in the Fanatics store (located in the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium across from the football ticket office) beginning April 1. The OU Stole is $25.