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.  Regalia may also be ordered through Herff Jones no later than April 2.  Students are strongly encouraged to place their orders early. If students miss the Herff Jones deadline, the SMU Bookstore will have a limited supply of regalia available for walk-ins beginning Saturday, May 9.  A $10.00 late fee is assessed on walk-ins. All students may pick up regalia at the SMU Bookstore beginning Saturday, May 9. 

Regalia Instructions

Per the University Administration, honor ribbons, pins, cords, sashes, medals, flowers, decorated mortarboards and other adornments may not be worn during the ceremony. Adornments are confiscated and damaged mortarboards are replaced at the student's expense. Students without regalia or with altered mortarboards are directed to the SMU Bookstore to rent a new cap and/or gown.  

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 SMU Bookstore and wear them to the ceremony.

Doctoral candidates
Appropriate attire for Doctoral candidates is a doctoral robe and tam with a doctoral tassel.  Ph.D. and D.E. candidates are formally hooded as they cross the stage during the all-University ceremony on Saturday morning. Ed.D.s receive their hoods at the Simmons ceremony on Friday afternoon, carry their hoods to the Saturday morning ceremony and are re-hooded as they cross the stage during Commencement.  The hood is a gift from the University to the students who attend the Saturday morning ceremony.

Acquiring Regalia

Orders for academic regalia must be placed at the Grad Fair (February 20 and 21 in Blanton) or through Herff Jones by midnight, April 2. Students are strongly encouraged to place their orders early. All regalia is paid for when ordering online and is available for pick up from the SMU Bookstore beginning on Saturday, May 9.

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. Students are also responsible for checking that they have received all needed items and verifying that the discipline color is correct when picking up their order.  

If you're a Doctoral candidate and are unsure if you are graduating 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 9 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 10 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 11 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 12 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 14 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, May 15 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Returning Regalia

All rented gowns and hoods must be returned to the SMU Bookstore by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Please note that a $10.00 per-day late return fee is applied Wednesday morning. Students who do not return their regalia by the due date will have a hold put on their SMU account.  

Doctoral candidates in Dedman College, Lyle School of Engineering, and Simmons School of Education and Human Development attending the Saturday morning ceremony are given hoods 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 online during the ordering process.

Prices quoted are for pre-packed academic regalia orders.
Bachelor's Regalia $71.00
Master's Regalia $102.00
Law Regalia $135.00
Theology Regalia (Master's) $102.00
Theology Regalia (Doctor of Ministry) $135.00
Doctoral Regalia (Ph.D., D.E., D.L.S., and Ed.D.)
(hood provided by University)

If you wish to purchase your regalia, please contact Didi Archilla 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.