Cap + Gown

Your Commencement Regalia

Academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for all graduates attending in-person ceremonies. 

Students may order academic regalia in one of three ways:

  1. Visit the University Bookstore at 11451 Euclid Avenue;  
  2. Call the University Bookstore at 216.368.2650 or 800.825.2650; 
  3. Order online directly from the vendor, Oak Hall Cap & Gown:  

Case Western Reserve University regalia is made in America by Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Bachelor's and master's gowns are made using innovative GreenWeaver fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. This eco-friendly choice reinforces the university's commitment to sustainability.

Bachelor's and master's students

Bachelor’s regalia includes gown, cap and tassel. Master’s regalia includes gown, cap, tassel and academic hood. Keepsake regalia for undergraduate and master’s students should be purchased by Friday, May 14, 2021.

Professional and doctoral students

Students earning a professional or doctoral degree may opt to rent regalia or purchase custom regalia. Rental regalia for professional and doctoral students participating in the May 16 ceremonies must be ordered by Friday, April 30, 2021. Rental regalia for professional and doctoral students participating in the May 28-29 ceremonies must be ordered by Friday, May 14, 2021.

Additional measurements are required in order to purchase custom regalia, please contact the University Bookstore for details. Custom regalia is recommended for graduates pursuing a career in academia. 

Garment Fit and Care

Curious about how to wear your cap and gown? Check out Oak Hall's video tutorials

Need help determining how to measure for an academic tam? Watch the video


Graduates are permitted to wear with their academic regalia cords and stoles conferred and provided by University offices or recognized student organizations that reflect academic honors or participation in particular University programs or activities. Graduates are permitted to embellish their caps, keeping in mind the spirit of the occasion and the parameters of good taste. 

Academic Hoods

The colors on the inside of the hood (blue and gray) indicate that the graduate wearing the hood earned his or her degree from Case Western Reserve University. The colored velvet on the outside of the hood indicates in what discipline the degree was earned. Traditional academic hood colors are listed below (not all programs listed are offered at Case Western Reserve University):

  • Agriculture: Maize
  • Arts, Letters, Humanities: White
  • Commerce, Accountancy, Business: Drab
  • Dentistry: Lilac
  • Economics: Copper
  • Education: Light Blue
  • Engineering: Orange
  • Fine Arts, including Architecture: Brown
  • Law: Purple
  • Library Science: Lemon
  • Medicine: Green
  • Music: Pink
  • Nursing: Apricot
  • Oratory (Speech): Silver Gray
  • Pharmacy: Olive Green
  • Philosophy: Dark Blue
  • Physical Education: Sage Green
  • Public Administration, including Foreign Service: Peacock Blue
  • Public Health: Salmon Pink
  • Science: Golden Yellow
  • Social Work: Citron
  • Theology: Scarlet
  • Veterinary Science: Gray