Academic Regalia (Cap & Gown)

All participating graduates are required to wear the correct degree academic regalia to attend the commencement ceremony. Academic regalia is available to purchase in the Spartan Bookstore, the Herff Jones website, or another resource.

  • Undergraduate candidates need a black Bachelor's graduation gown, a black graduation cap (mortarboard), and a color-specific tassel for their college.
  • Credential and Master's candidates need a black Master's graduation gown (sleeves differ from a Bachelor gown), a black graduation cap (mortarboard), a black tassel, and a color-specific academic hood for their degree.
  • Doctoral candidates need Doctoral academic regalia specific to their doctorate degree. Doctoral regalia is not stocked in the Spartan Bookstore and will need to be ordered early. Contact Herff Jones early to get measured and to place your order!

Spartan Bookstore in the Student Union

Academic regalia (cap, gown and tassel) is available for purchase at the Spartan Bookstore in the Student Union on campus from Grad Fest (2 months prior to Commencement) to Commencement day. On commencement days, please go to the bookstore or to the bookstore tent located across from the event center entrance to make your purchase.

All participating graduates are required to wear academic regalia to attend the commencement ceremony.

The fastest and least expensive way to get your cap and gown is to purchase it in-person at the Spartan Bookstore. Regalia will be available through the Spartan Bookstore starting on the first day of Grad Fest, October 23rd, 2023.

Spartan Bookstore hours (check website for updates)
Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fridays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Contact information for the Spartan Bookstore
call 408-924-1831

Online Orders

If you can’t make it to campus and need your order shipped to your home, please visit the Herff Jones website to place your order. The site will close 30 days prior to the first day of commencement in order to allow all orders to be delivered in time. Shipping charges will be added to online orders.

Donate Your Gown

Not sure what to do with your gown after graduation? Donate your gown to the Spartan Clothes Closet for future graduates to use!

If you need a gown, swing by the Sustainability Office to pick one up while they last. 

To arrange for donation or pick up, contact us at

Latin Honors Medallions

Latin Honors medallions are presented to eligible undergraduate students before the commencement ceremonies. Eligible students will be notified later in the semester by email to their "Preferred Email Address" with instructions for how to pick-up their medallion before the commencement ceremony.