Doctoral Graduation Links
Purchasing Doctoral (or Faculty) Regalia
How to Submit Your Order | Rent Doctoral Regalia | Measuring Guide | Fabric Options | Pricing | FAQs
Download the appropriate order form for the type of regalia you will be purchasing
We recommend saving the form and opening it in Adobe Reader to make the fillable fields work. You'll find guides for measuring as well as a guide for filling out the Traditional Regalia purchase order form.
When you're ready to send your order in, email or fax your order form back to the Graduation Department at email@example.com or fax at 512-474-8159.
Visit the Main Store for a regalia fitting – during the Graduation Season (October – Early December or March through late May), the graduation staff is on site during all store hours. If you need to be fitted outside of a graduation season, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment with a fitter.
If you are submitting your order remotely, follow these directions for measuring.
Guide for Pricing & Purchasing the Traditional Faculty Style Regalia:
Pricing for the Traditional Style regalia will vary based on the options you select. All orders will have a $15.95 shipping fee.
Select the fabric for your order
This will establish the base price of your purchase. Typically, you should purchase your hood and gown in the same fabric. Visit the Graduation Department to try on samples or see fabric swatches. Below, we have details and our personal opinions about each fabric option.
Madison Style Gown vs Jefferson Style Gown
Traditional doctoral gowns come in two styles, Madison and Jefferson. Both options will come with velvet panels along the zipper and velvet bars on the sleeves (for doctoral gowns).
The Madison style Doctoral gown will have a gathered cuff sleeve. When you raise your hand for accepting (or giving!) a diploma, the cuffed sleeve will be visible. Overall, this style of gown is more ornate, with extra pleats (extra fabric), and a slit at the waistline for easy reach into your pockets beneath your gown. This style of gown is more expensive, but it more common because of the pocket and the cuffed sleeve.
The Jefferson style gown has a loose bell sleeve. Visually, when your hands are down, the gowns will be very similar, but the Jefferson features less fabric overall and is a little lighter weight.
Color of Velvet
The velvet panels on the gown and sleeves are available in PhD Blue velvet or Black Velvet. Both options are acceptable. We recommend making this decision based on your personal preference or what coordinates better with your tam, cords, or hood. Typical rental gowns at any university will have black velvet, so if you want to stand out, the PhD blue provides a nice pop of color.
Optional Cording Accents
This is our number one recommendation when purchasing your regalia! Adding cording around the velvet panels of your gown is a great way to personalize your order and to represent your discipline. You are able to choose whatever cording color you like, typically, graduates will choose the color of their discipline (light blue, for example, represents education) or their alma mater (Burnt Orange for the University of Texas!). You may also choose to add cording to your doctoral hood along the rim of the velvet or the rim of the hood itself.
Choose Your Hat
Doctorates may choose between wearing a velvet tam or a mortarboard.
The mortarboard is the typical 4-corner flat cap worn by undergraduates when graduating, although the custom doctoral cap is fitted and will feature a gold tassel. Mortarboards are covered in the same fabric as your gown, pricing is listed in the gown fabric guide above.
Velvet tams are more commonly worn by doctoral graduates – they are more comfortable and easier to wear. Tams are available in black or PhD blue velvet, and also 4, 6, or 8-corners. Typically, graduates choose the tam color to match the velvet color on their gowns. The most commonly worn style of tam is a 6-corner, which is universally flattering to all head shapes and hair styles. The 8-corner is a little more ornate, while the 4-corner is more simple. We personally recommend the 6-corner tam in most cases.
If you purchase a tam, you must choose the type of tassel for your order. You may order a removable gold tassel free of charge, this tassel will be similar to your bachelors or masters tassel. Alternatively, you may choose to add a sewn-on gold tassel to your tam – these sewn-on tassels are smaller and do not move, so they will never hang in your face and can’t be lost.
Contact us or drop by the Graduation Store to talk with a Graduation representative or to see samples. There are a lot of options for you, it’s a good idea to try samples on or see them in person to help with the decision!