General information

Academic Dress
Commencement 2015 Saturday, June 13, 2015 Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

How To Order your Cap & Gown

  • Online Cap & Gown Rental at UC Davis Bookstore. You are responsible for ordering a cap and gown if you wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.  You do  not need to pre-order a master’s hood.


  • The Master’s “hood” is actually a drape that lies over the shoulders and down the back.The color combination of the hood designates the degree and the institution.
  • Hoods for the ceremony are provided by the GSM.  You do NOT need to pre-order a hood.
  • All hoods are property of the GSM and must be returned to the staff at the reception. A charge of $200.00 will be applied if your hood is not returned to the GSM and your diploma will not be released.

How To Purchase Hoods

  • If you anticipate participating in future academic events, hoods are available for purchase at the UC Davis Bookstore for approximately $200 + tax.
  • Allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

Wearing Academic Dress

  • Cap worn with the long point of the shell to the rear.
  • The black tassel is worn to the left signifying the possession of an academic degree.
  • However, when crossing the stage, wear tassel on the right for photographic purposes.
  • Master’s gowns are designed with an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist.
  • Gown may be worn open or closed.
  • Blue sashes are not to be worn during pictures nor during the ceremony.
  • During the ceremony, a person (your “hooder”) of the candidate’s choice will place hood on candidate’s shoulders on stage.
  • Hoods will be placed over decorative leis.

Attire For Candidates

  • Clothing should be comfortable and light.
  • Gowns are warm and the temperature in Davis in June can be warm as well.
  • For men, coats are not necessary but a shirt and tie improve the appearance of the gown.
  • Shoes should be comfortable and appropriate for walking up and down bleachers (class pictures) and risers (ceremony).
  • There will be no storage area for personal items.

How To Return

  • Gown and hood return tables available at GSM reception, Mondavi Center lobby, after Commencement.
  • Return gowns to Bookstore table at the reception.
  • Return hoods to GSM table at the reception.
  • Cap/tassel are yours to keep.