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Dates to Remember

Mar 1 Doctoral Regalia Order Deadline

Apr 1 Standard Regalia Order Deadline

Academic Regalia

Commencement regalia holds great significance as it symbolizes the academic achievements and accomplishments of our esteemed graduates. The regalia consists of traditional caps and gowns, with varying colors and styles representing different degree levels and academic disciplines. Our graduates proudly wear this attire during the commencement ceremony to mark the milestone of their educational journey.

The cap, also known as the mortarboard, signifies the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Its tassel, usually in a color representing the graduate's field of study, is shifted from one side to the other during the ceremony to symbolize the transition from candidate to graduate.

The gown, with its elegant design, embodies the unity and pride of the University of Kentucky community. Its distinctive elements signify the shared sense of purpose and achievement among our diverse student body.

In addition to caps and gowns, commencement regalia at the University of Kentucky includes the distinguished academic hoods for Masters and Doctoral graduates. Hoods are an integral part of the regalia, and they carry deep symbolism, reflecting the graduate's degree, field of study, and institution. The hoods are adorned with specific colors and patterns that signify the academic achievement and specialization of the graduate. The length and lining of the hoods also hold significance, representing the level of the degree earned by the individual. During the commencement ceremony, graduates proudly don these hoods, signifying their mastery of knowledge and expertise in their chosen fields.

As you prepare for your commencement ceremony, make sure to order your regalia well in advance, ensuring that you have the right colors and correct attire for your specific degree. Wearing this timeless academic tradition brings a sense of honor and connection to the long line of graduates who have walked before you. We congratulate you on your remarkable accomplishments and look forward to celebrating your success at the upcoming commencement ceremony. Go Wildcats!


  • Agriculture: Maize
  • Arts and Humanities: White 
  • Business and Economics: Drab
  • Communication and Information: Silver
  • Dentistry: Lilac
  • Design: Blue Violet
  • Education: Light Blue
  • Engineering: Orange
  • Fine Arts: Brown
  • Health Sciences: Mint Green
  • Historic Preservation: Sage
  • Journalism, ISC, and MAS: Crimson
  • Law: Purple
  • Library Sciences: Lemon
  • Medicine: Green
  • Music: Pink
  • Nursing: Apricot
  • Occupational Therapy: Sage Green
  • Pharmacy: Olive
  • Philosophy: Dark Blue
  • Physical Therapy: Mint Green
  • Public Policy and Administration: Peacock Blue
  • Public Health: Salmon
  • Sciences: Golden Yellow
  • Social Work: Citron

Regalia Information

Full academic regalia is required for all degree candidates participating at the University of Kentucky Commencement ceremony. It is the responsibility of the degree candidate to secure academic regalia prior to the ceremony. 

Inventory will also be available for purchase in-person at Grad Salute and will be at the UK Bookstore while supplies last. Doctoral students MUST order their regalia online as it is not available to be purchased in-person.

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Frequently Asked Questions



Do I need to wear a cap and gown for Commencement?

Yes. Full academic regalia is required for all degree candidates participating at the University of Kentucky Commencement.

What is the sizing for regalia?

Sizing for regalia is purchased by height categories ranging from 4'9" to 6'8". If purchasing your regalia online, you will be prompted to select your appropriate measurements depending on which product you are purchasing. If purchasing in-person at Grad Salute or the UK Bookstore, the associate will guide you through the selection process.

Where can I buy my cap and gown?

Bachelor's and Master's regalia are available for purchase either online or at Grad Salute. Subsequently, they will be available at the UK Bookstore while supplies last. It's important to note that doctoral students must place their regalia orders online, as the in-person purchase option is not available for them. 

What is the deadline to order regalia online?

The deadline to order regalia is April 1 in order for your academic attire to arrive on time. Graduates ordering doctoral regalia should place their orders by March 1.

It is recommend that you place your online order as soon as possible to prevent any shipping delays.

I don't need my regalia anymore. Can I donate it?

Yes! If you would like to donate your regalia to our office, we would be happy to accept it. These donations can be dropped off in the administration offices on the 1st floor of the Gatton Student Center M-F 8-5 pm.

I'm graduating with Academic Distinction. What color cords do I get?

For Academic Distinction, honor cords are typically awarded to undergraduate students graduating with a bachelor's degree. Graduate and doctoral students do not receive honor cords for Academic Distinction.

  • Honor Cords
    • Two White: GPA 3.4-3.59
    • One Gold, One White: GPA 3.6-3.79
    • Two Gold: GPA 3.8-4.0