Cap + Gown

Your Commencement Regalia

Though the University Bookstore is currently closed, interested students can still purchase academic regalia (cap and gown) online directly from the vendor, Oak Hall Cap & Gown: https://casewestern.shopoakhalli.com/.  Academic regalia is not required for the virtual ceremonies planned for May 17. 

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.

Professional and doctoral students

Students earning a professional or doctoral degree may opt to rent or purchase regalia. 

Garment Fit and Care

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

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