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Commencement Regalia


Purchase Regalia

All Commencement participants should purchase regalia early in order to obtain proper sizes and colors. Regalia can be purchased on-campus at the Liberty University bookstore or online from Herff Jones

  • Online ordering will be available in February. The last day to order online is April 13
  • The Liberty University bookstore will have regalia available for purchase through Commencement day.

The gown color has changed to navy for the Commencement 2019 ceremonies. Graduates should order navy gowns from Herff Jones once ordering is available.

  1. Gown – All graduates wear navy gowns that vary in style between the level of completed degrees.
    Associates degree students can purchase the Bachelor's level gown.
    Postgraduate's degree students can purchase the Master's level gown.
  2. Cap – Graduates wear a mortarboard and tassel. Ph.D., Juris Doctorate, and Dmin students wear a velvet tam.
  3. Tassel – Attaches to the cap. Commonly worn on the right before the student receives their degree and moved to the left after it's presented.
  4. Hood – A scarf that drapes over the shoulders and down the back. Has a strip of color unique to the student's program. The inner part is red, white, and blue. Graduates receiving an Associate's degree do not wear a hood with their regalia.
  5. Stole – Resembles a man’s oversized necktie with two wide ends and is worn draped around the neck to hang down the front. Liberty stoles are embroidered with the Liberty seal and are red. 
  6. Honors Cord/Medallion – Students that receive honors will pick up their cord or medallion at check-in. Cords are awarded to Undergraduate students and medallions are awarded to Graduate level students. Students do not need to purchase this piece of regalia. For further information about honors, please refer to the Honors page.

Societal Cords – For information on any cords worn in representation of a society, contact the society or departmental office.

Custom Regalia - The following doctoral programs have custom regalia available for purchase. Please email Hudson@hjusa.net for information and to place an order. Please note, there is standard doctoral gown available for purchase. Custom regalia is not required.

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Education
  • Juris Doctor
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • PHD in Counselor and Education Supervision

Regalia Costs

Individual Costs:

  • B.A. Gown = $43
  • B.A. Hood = $41
  • M.S./M.A. Gown = $47
  • M.S./M.A. Hood = $47
  • Ph.D. Gown = $58
  • Ph.D. Hood = $56
  • Ed.D Rental Regalia = $180
  • Stole = $35
  • Tassel = $10
  • Cap = $12

Discount Packages: (Includes cap, gown, tassel, hood, and stole.)

  • A.A. package = $100
  • B.A. package = $130
  • M.S./M.A. package = $140
  • Educ. Specialist package = $150
  • Ph.D. package = $175 (Does not include stole. Please purchase separately.)

Sustainable Regalia

We have partnered with Herff Jones for 2020 to provide environmentally friendly regalia for Commencement. Each graduation gown is made with about 29 post-consumer plastic bottles. The 2020 graduate’s contribution will keep approximately 174,000 water bottles from ending up in landfills.

For more information please visit www.herffjones.com/about/community-involvement/sustainability/.

Class Rings & Announcements

Personal announcements and class rings can be ordered online at Herff Jones, these can be ordered through the time of Commencement. For further details, email the bookstore at sm330@bncollege.com. Herff Jones will be available for ordering class rings at the Friday Check-In event.

Information regarding regalia obtained from Harris, A.L. (2005). Academic Ceremonies. United States of America: Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

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