Gowns & TasselsWe will order your cap, gown and tassel, using the height
and weight that you provide on your Application to Graduate. You may keep all
of these after the ceremony. In order to minimize graduation costs for
you, we order a nice quality, but not the finest available.
you have a final GPA of 3.6 or above, we will order a gold cord for you to wear at
the Commencement ceremony. The cord is yours to keep.
Hoods Hoods are very expensive, so to keep your graduation fee as low as possible, the seminary maintains an inventory of hoods for the various degrees. We will loan you a hood, which must be returned immediately after the ceremony.
Purchasing Regalia You may choose to purchase your own fine quality cap and gown for the commencement ceremony instead of using one purchased for you by Western Seminary. You may also purchase your own hood instead of borrowing one from the seminary. Check out the Jostens website to view your options. If you do decide to purchase some or all of your regalia, please contact Denise Allen for assistance. It will take at least two months for Jostens to make and ship your regalia, so if you would like to wear your own regalia in the commencement ceremony, it is recommended that you place your order no later than June 1.
Your tassel will be either:
- Red for master’s level theological degrees
- White for MA in Marital and Family Therapy
Your hood will be black with gold and blue satin
lining (Western’s school colors), with either:
- Red velvet band for theological degrees
- White velvet band for MA in Marital and Family Therapy
may either pick up your cap, gown, hood, etc. in the office, or we will
give it to you at graduation. Please iron your gown (and your hood if necessary;
DO NOT iron the velvet band), and bring everything with you to the rehearsal. You will
practice with your hood at the rehearsal, so have it with you at the start of rehearsal.
Care of Regalia Please plan to iron your gown prior to coming to rehearsal. You may also iron your hood, if needed, but DO NOT iron the velvet portion of the hood, as it may ruin the hood.
Gown & Tassel Donation Your
cap, gown and tassel will be yours to keep. However, if you do not have any use for
your regalia after commencement, please feel free to donate it to Western Seminary. We
maintain a supply of extras for faculty, and guests of the seminary, and for
special needs of students. We will gratefully collect donated regalia immediately
after the commencement ceremony when you turn in your hood.