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Graduate School Commencement

Caps & Gowns

Caps, gowns, hoods and degree tassels will be distributed at the Convocation Center.
Please use entrance 2.

  • Thursday, May 9:   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
  • Friday, May 10:  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.       then open again at 5:00 p.m. for your ceremony                       
  •      (you will NOT be allowed in the building between 2 -5 pm on Friday)

The NIU Commencement ceremonies are a traditional graduation ceremony where graduates wear black robes and a black mortar board.  Hood color corresponds with the degree. The robes, hoods and caps ARE TO BE RETURNED after the recessional immediately following the ceremony. You do keep your tassel.

**please note:  the gowns are folded and will be creased and wrinkled.  Steamers and irons are not allowed in the Convocation Center.

Frequently Asked Questions -

How long will it take me to pick up my cap and gown?
It usually takes only 10 to 15 minutes.

Do I have to order my cap and gown in advance to get the right size?
No. You will be asked your height when you pick up your cap and gown. Caps are one-size-fits-all.

Do I have to pay for my cap and gown?
No. This service is taken care of through graduation fees.

Can I get my cap and gown early?
No, they are only available on the dates published above.  They do come packaged and will have fold creases.  Please note, irons and steamers are not allowed in the Convocation Center.

Can I get my cap and gown right before the ceremony?
Yes, doors open for your ceremony at 5:00 pm.  You can wait to get your gown just before your ceremony, however you need to make sure you have plenty of time to line up.  Please note, your gowns are folded and will be wrinkled.  Iron's and steamers are NOT allowed in the Convocation Center.

Can a friend pick up my cap and gown if I'm unable to do so?
Yes. Please make sure your friend has a PRINTED photo copy of your photo I.D.  (for security purposes, please black out account & DL numbers on the photo copies) ANDa PRINTED NOTE from you allowing your friend (their name listed) to pick up your regalia, please include your height and college.  NO CELL PHONE IMAGES.

Do I get to keep my tassel?
Yes, but you will be required to turn in your cap, gown, and master or doctoral hood after the ceremony.