University Registrar's Office

Commencement Central

Caps & Gowns, Diploma Frames, Announcements, and Rings

Regalia for Undergraduates and Graduates

Regalia purchases or orders may be made at the Bookstore in the EUC starting Monday, March 3, 2014. Doctoral candidates may purchase regalia anytime. The deadline to order for doctoral candidates is Friday, March 21, 2014; for other graduate students and undergraduates, the deadline is Friday, April 11, 2014; the deadline for faculty to order rental regalia is Wednesday, April 30. For faculty who would like to custom order regalia, the deadline is Friday, March 21, 2014. If you have questions, contact the bookstore at 336/334-3176.

The cost of regalia is as follows:

  • Undergraduate (cap, gown, tassel): $50.98 plus tax
  • Masters (cap, gown, tassel, hood): $86.98 plus tax
  • Doctoral gown rental: $74.98 plus tax
  • Doctoral gown purchase: $721.00 plus tax
  • Doctoral tam purchase: $76.00 plus tax
  • Doctoral hood purchase: $146.00 plus tax

Doctoral students must come into the UNCG Bookstore or call 336/334-3176 (ask for Jennifer).

Students often ask why the Bookstore sells regalia instead of offering rentals. Rentals require cleaning and storage, which would increase the cost of the gown beyond the current purchase price. Other considerations include the need for twice as much labor to maintain, which in turn leaves a larger planet carbon footprint; not only is the dry cleaning after each use expensive, the chemicals are unfriendly to the environment; and once rental gowns reach their life expectancy they have a greater chance, than purchased gowns, of ending up in a landfill.

Honor Cords for Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

Students seeking a bachelor's degree who have cumulative GPAs of 3.50 to 4.0 at the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester and who will have successfully completed 45 semester hours in residence at UNCG by the end of their senior year are eligible to wear a gold honor cord at commencement. Determination of Latin honors for wearing the honor cord and honors designation in the commencement program are based on the previous term GPA and potential of earning 45 semester hours in residence at UNCG by the date of graduation. Diplomas provided to students in June 2014 will reflect honors determined by final Spring 2014 grades. Students begin purchasing honor cords around the middle of March from the bookstore.

Announcements, Invitations, & Rings

The bookstore carries non-personalized, graduation announcement and invitation supplies, and diploma frames. Note that the undergraduate diploma is 8.5 x 11, and the graduate diploma is 11 x 14.

If you would like to order personalized invitations or announcements or class rings, contact Balfour at 1-866-Balfour (1-866-225-3687).