What Do I Wear?

Academic attire is required for all participants in Commencement exercises. Graduates should arrive at the Tsongas Center by 8:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and by 2 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony on Saturday, May 17 with their:
  • Cap, Gown, Hood 
  • Any honors cords or stoles (undergraduate students ONLY)
  • Name card  (for undergraduates and master's candidates ONLY)

On-line graduates  should place their order for academic attire with the North Campus Bookstore by April 23, 2014 to have your regalia shipped to you. 

All undergraduate students - if you were unable to attend the Cap and Gown Countdown on April 2, you may pick up your caps and gowns at the North Campus Bookstore.  Undergraduates DO NOT need to pre-order their cap and gown. 

All graduates who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces will wear a white aiguillette at the Commencement Ceremony in recognition of their service to our country. These aiguillettes will be presented at the SALUTE ceremony in April. If you have any additional questions please contact the Office of Veterans' Services at 978-934-2491. 

Master's students should place their order with the North Campus Bookstore by April 23, 2014.

Doctoral students should place their order with the North Campus Bookstore by April 23, 2014.

NOTE:  Latecomers are not guaranteed academic attire. Students, members of the administration and faculty who delay their arrangements beyond the posted deadlines should contact the bookstore directly about expedited options.

White Tassels: Seniors who wish to participate in the Senior Class Gift will have the opportunity to vote for what the Class of 2014 will leave behind as their legacy, and will receive The White Tassel to wear with their regalia. For more information, please visit or email

For your convenience, the North Campus Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the bookstore at 978-934-2623 or 978-934-6426.

Academic Regalia

The Academic Cap

Students and faculty alike will be happy to learn that the tassel may be worn on either the left or right side and that no significance is officially given to how the tassel is worn.

The Academic Hood

All hood linings for the University of Massachusetts Lowell have a field of royal blue, which is divided by a red chevron.  

The colors utilized by the University of Massachusetts Lowell for hood bands are as follows:

Academic Degrees

  • White: Bachelor of Arts
  • White: Master of Arts
  • Cream: Bachelor of Liberal Arts
  • Yellow: Bachelor of Science
  • Yellow: Master of Science
  • Yellow: Doctor of Science
  • Dark Blue: Doctor of Philosophy

Professional Degrees

  • Teal: Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Apricot: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Light Blue: Master of Education
  • Light Blue: Doctor of Education
  • Orange: Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Orange: Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology
  • Orange: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology
  • Orange: Master of Management Science in Manufacturing Engineering
  • Orange: Master of Science in Engineering
  • Orange: Doctor of Engineering
  • Dark Brown: Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Drab Brown: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Drab Brown: Master of Business Administration
  • Drab Brown: Master of Management Science 
  • Pink: Bachelor of Music
  • Pink: Master of Music