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Academic dress or academic regalia is a traditional form of clothing for academic settings worn by those that have been conferred a university degree. The ensemble consists of a gown (also known as a "robe") with a separate hood for advanced degree candidates and holders, and usually a cap (generally either a mortarboard, a tam, or a bonnet) which are different for each institution. Colored tassels adorn the cap and signify the academic area of study. All participants in UT Arlington's commencement ceremonies wear a university-approved black cap and gown, which can be purchased from the UT Arlington Bookstore.
Caps and gowns for each School and College are sold at the UT Arlington Bookstore. Graduating students must purchase or order their cap and gown no less than 5 weeks prior to commencement in order to assure that their custom tassels arrive in time for the ceremony.
The UT Arlington Bookstore will host a Grad Finale about 8 weeks prior to commencement weekend. Grad Finale is an opportunity for the graduate and/or their parents to view and purchase regalia, diploma frames, order invitations and the Official Maverick class ring. Representatives will be in the store to answer all questions regarding commencement.
In partnership with Jostens, the University's exclusive supplier of academic regalia, UT Arlington provides commencement robes that are affordable, high quality and environmentally friendly. Constructed of fiber made from wood sourced exclusively from renewable, managed forests, the fabric has been shown to decompose in soil in one year. In addition, the coil zipper tape and teeth are made from 100% recycled PET. Earth-friendly packaging contains material that facilitates the decomposition process of the cap and gown bag. Jostens also offers a unique Student Give Back Program. When graduates redeem their regalia hang tag code online, Jostens contributes $1.00 to support sustainability initiatives.
A complimentary custom tassel is provided with the cap and gown. Tassel colors are particular to each College or School:
Traditionally, candidates for a bachelor's degree place the tassel on the right side of the mortarboard until the degree is conferred; tassels are moved to the left side when the degree is conferred. All other degree candidates place the tassel on the left side of the mortarboard, where it will remain.
Any students graduating with honors may purchase an honor cord to wear as a part of their commencement regalia. Honor cords are available at the UT Arlington Bookstore.