Virtual Commencement 2021 Cap Gown

Order Cap & Gown

Where do I get my cap and gown?

To order your cap and gown, please visit Southern Recognition at:

Academic regalia is required for your participation in the University Commencement Ceremonies. Cap and gown purchase is not available on the day of the ceremony. Business casual attire is recommended underneath the gown.

California Fall order deadline: October 7, 2022
Miami order deadline: September 16, 2022
Texas order deadline: September 16, 2022

How do you wear a mortarboard?

Place the cap on your head so the point is in the front, about 1 inch above the eyebrows. Your mortarboard should be worn level on your head, and the tassel should be placed on the right side.

How do you iron a graduation gown?

If you choose to iron your graduation gown, here are a couple of quick tips:

  1. Turn the gown inside out and use the “Warm” setting on your iron. If you are ironing your stole, iron it face down, not directly on the stitching on the front.
  2. Move the iron continuously; don’t stay too long in one spot. Hang the gown to keep it wrinkle-free. You can use a steamer on your graduation stole, too.

What side do you wear your graduation cap tassel?

Wear your graduation tassel on the right side of your mortarboard. When you have received your diploma, you will be told to flip your tassel to the left side!

How do you wear honor cords?

Here’s how to properly wear your graduation honor cord(s):

  1. Once you are in your gown, first place your graduation stole around your neck making sure the ends are at the same length.
  2. Place your honor cord(s) on top of your graduation stole, again making sure the cords are at the same length.

How do your wear a post-graduate hood?

To wear your graduation hood, follow these tips:

  1. Unfold your graduation hood with the colors facing outward and place over your head.
  2. Attach the hood cord to your shirt button, or use a pin to keep the hood properly secured and positioned.
  3. Get some assistance to turn your colors out on the back, so they show.


Honors: Gold

International Education: Silver

Sigma Theta Tau: Purple and White

Veteran: Red, White, and Blue

Official Colors for Degrees

The silk lining of the hood bears the color or colors of the institution from which the wearer has graduated. The official colors for West Coast University are teal and white. The color of the velvet band around the hood shows the department in which the wearer earned a degree.

Dental Hygiene: Purple

Business: Drab

Public Health: Salmon Pink

Health Administration: Sage Green

Nursing: Apricot

Occupational Therapy: Slate Blue

Pharmacy: Olive Green

Physical Therapy: Sage Green