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Academic Regalia

All participating candidates must wear SMU custom academic regalia.  Candidates may order their regalia at the Grad Fair on February 20 and 21.  After the Grad Fair, regalia can be ordered through Herff Jones no later than March 31.

Regalia Instructions

All participating candidates must wear SMU custom academic regalia. Pre-ordered regalia is available for pickup at the SMU Bookstore beginning May 10.

Per the University Administration, honor ribbons, medals, flowers, decorated mortarboards and other adornments may not be worn during the ceremony. Adornments are confiscated and ruined mortarboards are replaced at the student's expense.

Baccalaureate Candidates
Appropriate attire includes mortarboard with tassel, robe and stole of gratitude. Tassels are worn on the right until students are instructed during the ceremony to move them to the left.

Post Baccalaureate Candidates
Appropriate attire for Master's candidates includes mortarboard with tassel, robe and hood for the degree to be received. All post baccalaureate candidates rent/purchase hoods from the bookstore and wear them to the ceremony.

Ph.D. and D.E. candidates
Appropriate attire for Ph.D. and D.E. candidates is a doctoral robe and mortarboard with a doctoral tassel.  Hoods are placed on the candidates during the ceremony when degrees are awarded. The hood is a gift from the University to the student.

Acquiring Regalia

Pre-ordered regalia is available for pickup from the SMU Bookstore beginning Saturday, May 10.

If you do not pre-order your regalia, a limited selection of regalia is available at the SMU Bookstore. The SMU Bookstore may have your size available but there is no guarantee. Telephone and in-person orders are not accepted at the SMU Bookstore.

Students are responsible for knowing their degree type and discipline color when placing their orders. Please review your Degree Progress Report and the Inventory of Academic Programs to determine your degree type and discipline color.

If you're a Doctoral candidate and are unsure if you will graduate in May, please place an order. If you don't need the regalia, you are not responsible for the rental fee.

For your convenience, the SMU Bookstore is open the following hours.  Please call the SMU Bookstore to confirm the times:

Saturday, May 10 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 11 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 12 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 15 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Returning Regalia

All rented gowns and hoods must be returned to the SMU Bookstore by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18. Please note that a $10.00 per-day late return fee is applied on Monday morning.

Ph.D. and D.E. candidates are given hoods during the ceremony and may keep them as a gift from the University.

All graduates may keep their caps and tassels and undergraduates may keep their stoles.

Paying for Regalia

Payment for all regalia is made upon pick-up, not during the ordering process.

Prices quoted are for pre-packed academic regalia orders.
Bachelor's Regalia $65.00
Master's Regalia $90.00
Law Regalia $115.00
Theology Regalia (Master's) $90.00
Theology Regalia (Doctor of Ministry) $115.00
Doctoral Regalia (Ph.D. and D.E.)
(hood provided by University)
$95.00

If you wish to purchase your regalia, please contact Rachel Russell at the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435 to acquire a custom regalia order form and retail rates. Custom regalia takes approximately 8 weeks to arrive after ordering.