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 UTA's commencement ceremonies must wear a university-approved black cap and gown, which can be purchased from the UTA Bookstore.
Order your regalia and other memorabilia
Visit Grad Finale at the UTA Bookstore 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14, to view and purchase your cap, gown and other memorabilia—including class rings, diploma frames and invitations—at discounted prices. We recommend purchasing regalia early to ensure proper sizing, though the Bookstore will have regalia available all the way up to commencement. Please allow at least five business days for orders to arrive after they are processed.
Before placing your order, make sure you include the correct tassel color and/or hood for your school or college.
Visit utashop.com for online buying options.
For more information, contact the UTA Bookstore at 817‑272‑2785 or visit https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1077634/University-of-Texas-at-Arlington/
Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns for each School and College are sold at the UTA 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.
In partnership with Jostens, the University's exclusive supplier of academic regalia, UTA 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:
- Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs - Peacock Blue and Lilac
- Business - Drab
- Education and Health Professions - Light Blue
- Engineering - Orange
- Interdisiplinary Studies (Honors College) - Blue and Gold
- Kinesiology - Sage
- Liberal Arts – White
- Nursing - Apricot
- Science - Gold
- Social Work - Citron
- Division of Student Success - Blue, Orange, and White
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.
Honor Cords (Bachelors only)
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 UTA Bookstore.