Academic Regalia for Graduate Students

To Purchase Your Regalia

The bookstore on campus (map) will have regalia items — caps, gowns, and hoods — available up until the day of commencement.

DPT students will be able to buy separates this year, but please be mindful of what items you will need for your ceremony.

Questions: Contact the Bookstore directly at 585-586-2690.


The bookstore regular hours for the semester

  • Monday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Extended hours around Commencement 2021

  • Saturday, May 8, noon-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 9, CLOSED
  • Monday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 14, Commencement day, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 15, Commencement day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students must have all three items — cap, black gown and appropriate hood — to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Graduate students who have a black cap and gown from their undergraduate commencement are not required to purchase these items. They do need, however, the appropriate hood for their school and a new tassel.

Graduating Students Who Studied Abroad

Students who have participated in an international program during their time at Nazareth may purchase a stole representing their time overseas to wear at graduation.

Please contact Kathy Hansen directly at for information about this purchase.

2021 Regalia Costs for Master's Degree Students

Complete package (cap, gown, hood, tassel) = $75

Doctoral Gown (PT students) complete package (cap, gown, hood, tassel) = $97

If you purchase each item separately:

  • Graduate Hood: $34
  • Tassel: $10

Academic Regalia Information

Hood color is determined by the degree earned.

  • Master of Science: gold
  • Master of Science in Education: light blue
  • Master of Art: white
  • Master of Social Work: yellow
  • Master of Music: pink
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: dark green (teal)

How to Determine Hood Color

Hood color is determined by the degree type.  Refer to the charts below for the appropriate color.  If you are unsure what your degree type is check NazNet - in the Student Planning module - My Progress - it is listed in the At a Glance section.  Example.



Learn about the history of the academic costume.