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Commencement Regalia

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Proper Decorum for a MSMC Graduate

History

The history of academic dress reaches back to the early days of the oldest schools. As early as the second half of the fourteenth century, the statutes of certain colleges prohibited "excess in apparel" and required the wearing of a long gown. It is still an open question as to whether academic dress finds its sources chiefly in ecclesiastical or in civilian dress. It is often suggested that gowns and hoods were the simplest, most effective method of staying warm in the unheated, stone buildings which housed medieval scholars.

Cap and Gown

All graduates must wear a black graduation gown, black cap, and the appropriate academic hood. These can be ordered in your home campus bookstore or online via the Josten's Website.*

*Shipping fees apply when you order online

Cap and gowns will be available for pre-purchase in the bookstore starting: February 1, 2014

Associate in Arts, Weekend & Graduate Programs: Sat., February 15, Tue., February 18, Sat., April 12, Tue., April 15*

Bachelors in Art & Science: Wed., February 19, Wed., April 16, Thurs., April 17*

(*We recommend pre-purchasing your cap and gown, as sizes are first come, first served. All Graduate Programs MUST pre-order their cap and gowns. Any items pre-ordered after April 1st will be charged a late fee. See your home campus bookstore for more information.)

Caps and Gowns will be available for IN STORE purchase beginning: March 10, 2014.

 

Commencement Regalia Pricing

BACHELOR/ASSOCIATE UNIT (Contains cap, gown, hood and tassel) $86
BACHELOR/ASSOCIATE HOOD $40
BACHELOR/ASSOCIATE GOWN $33
MASTER UNIT (Contains cap, gown, hood and tassel) $98
MASTER HOOD $46
MASTER GOWN $52
CAP $9
REGULAR TASSEL $4.50

**Tassels should be worn on the right side of the face, and passed to the left after the conferring of your degree.

Academic Hoods

Baccalaureate and associate degree graduates should wear their academic hoods during the procession. Master and doctoral students will carry their hoods during the procession and be hooded during the conferring of their degree.

*Please be sure to note your major when ordering your hood! Your degree will be reflected by the color of the felt on your hood. See the table below to determine what color the felt on your hood will be.**The Associate in Arts hood does not have a felt outer lining.

Degree Hood Color

Associate in Arts

No Felt

Bachelor of Arts

White

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Master of Science in Education

Light Blue

Master of Arts in the Humanities

White

Master of Science in Nursing Education

Apricot

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

Gold

Master of Arts in Religious Studies

Scarlet

Master of Business Administration Drab

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dark Green

Click here to see how to wear the academic hood

Academic Honor Cords

Undergraduate students graduating with honors (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher) will be invited to either Laurel Awards (Doheny), Mary's Day (Chalon), or the Weekend College Reception, where they will receive their honor cords. If you are not able to attend the event, you may speak with your academic dean to receive the cords.

Graduates MAY wear the following Academic Honors

  • Gold Single Honor Cords signifying graduation with honors at the associate level
  • Purple Double Honor Cords signifying graduation with honors at the baccalaureate level
  • Gold Double Honor Cords signifying completion of the honors certificate
  • President's Medal
  • Brady Award Medal
  • Sister Rebecca Doan Award Medal
  • Le Puy Award Medal
  • Sister Dolorosa Alumnae Award
  • Carrie Estelle Doheny Medal
  • Nursing Pin

Ornamentation

Graduation protocol says that NO ORNAMENTATION may be worn on academic attire. Caps are not to be decorated. Flowers, leis, stoles, or outer jewelry are NOT to be worn during the ceremony, only President's Awards and Academic Honors Cords given at Mary's Day or Laurel Day. All must comply. Inappropriate items WILL BE removed prior to procession.

Items that may NOT be worn over academic attire include (but are not limited to):
  • Flower or candy leis
  • Decorated graduation caps
  • Corsage or boutonniere
  • Stoles of any kind
  • Jewelry pinned to the gown (except nursing pin)
  • Signs 

Guidelines on How to Wear Your Cap and Gown

  • The cap is worn flat on the head.
  • The gown should fall midway between the knee and ankle.
  • Men should remove their caps during the patriotic song.
  • Tassels are usually worn on the right side and shifted to the left when graduates receive their diplomas.
  • Men generally choose to wear dark dress pants, a dress shirt and tie under their gowns.
  • Women generally wear a lightweight dress or a blouse and a skirt that is shorter than the gown so it does not hang below the gown.

Questions about cap and gown ordering? Please e-mail: dohenybookstore@msmc.la.edu or chalonbookstore@msmc.la.edu 

Questions about Commencement?  Please e-mail: commencement@msmc.la.edu