Academic Attire for Masters & Doctoral Graduates





Academic Attire (e.g., Caps, Tassels, and Gowns): 

  • Graduates are required to wear a master's gown, a master's hood, a black cap, and a black tassel. Students are encouraged to wear their adornments (cords, medallions, etc.) 
  • Graduates who are a member of the United States Armed Forces, are welcome to wear uniforms. Graduates who need to wear specific attire for religious or cultural purposes (e.g., hijab, etc.) are welcome to do so. 
  • Your cap should be worn level, not tilted. Your gown should hang freely from the shoulders. Appropriate business clothing should be worn under your gown. 
  • Academic attire can be purchased from the University Book Store in the Memorial Union during regular business hours or via their website (  
    • Delivery options included shipping or pick-up in store.
      • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 is the last day Master's students can order via the University Book Store's website for shipping or for "Pick up at Store" option.




Academic Attire (e.g., Caps, Tassels, and Gowns): 

  • Doctoral graduates are required to wear: The official Iowa State University doctorate regalia (i.e., Doctoral Gown, Ph.D. or Ed.D Hood, and Doctoral Tam).
  • Academic attire can be rented or purchased from the University Book Store ( by the below deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact Katelyn Engh (
    • The deadline to Purchase Doctorate Regalia is Thursday, March 3, 2022.
      • Please allow 8 - 10 weeks for the Purchase of any Doctorate Regalia.
    • The deadline to Rent Doctorate Regalia is Tuesday, April 19, 2022.  
      • If you order after this date, there will be a fee for an expediated order. 
      • Rental orders will not be taken after Monday, May 2, 2022.  
    • For graduates who would like their academic attire shipped to an international address, the University Book Store strongly encourages picking up at the store, instead, as there are currently significant delays when it comes to international shipping.
  • Hoods:
    • The Office of the Registrar will provide each doctoral candidate with a Ph.D. or Ed.D hood to use during the ceremony. 
    • If you use one of the Ph.D. or Ed.D hoods provided by the Office of the Registrar during the ceremony, you will need to return the hood to the Office of the Registrar staff on stage immediately after the ceremony. Failure to do so will result in a charge to your U-Bill of $175.00 for the replacement costs of the hood and a hold will be placed on your university record. 
    • If you will be bringing your own Ph.D. or Ed.D hood or would like to borrow your hood after the ceremony, please contact Abbie Suntken in the Office of the Registrar via e-mail at
      • The deadling to purchase a hood for guareanteed delivery is March 3, 2022.