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Academic Regalia

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

Students on the Norman, OUHSC and OU-Tulsa campuses may purchase academic regalia, Academic Distinction hoods and Honors hoods at Graduation Gear-Up or at the University Bookstore on the Norman campus (1185 Asp Avenue).

Not in Norman? Order by phone: (405) 325-3511

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. In place of the mortarboard, doctoral students wear a tam, a velvet hat with a gold tassel.

For those pursuing degrees in academia, Doctoral regalia are unique in the sense that it is often worn many times following the degree recipient's own graduation. The colors used on the regalia distinguishes a faculty member as a graduate of a specific institution.

Doctoral Regalia: $100 (sales tax not included)
(For an additional cost, Fine Quality Doctoral Regalia is available for purchase on the Jostens website.)

Law Regalia: $161 (sales tax not included)

Master's Degree Candidates

Master’s degree candidates wear a modified gown with longer sleeves, the mortarboard with a tassel, and a hood. The hood is presented to the degree recipient within the convocation ceremony by a faculty member.

Master's Regalia: $64 (sales tax not included)

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: $37 (sales tax not included)

Academic Distinction Hood

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

Thewith 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 Hood: $17.25 (sale 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 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. 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 by President Boren.

Students who qualify will be notified by their degree-recommending college. The Graduation Office will provide information regarding the presentation by President Boren. 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).

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

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.