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Academic Attire on Commencement Day

Academic attire is required for all participants in Commencement exercises. Graduates should arrive at the Tsongas Center by 8:15 a.m. for the morning ceremony and by 1:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony on Saturday, May 13 with their:

  • Cap, Gown, Hood
  • Any honors cords or stoles (undergraduate students ONLY) which you pick up at the Registrar's tent at the Tsongas Center that day.
    • Cum laude: GPA of 3.25 or higher (1 cord)
    • Magna cum laude: GPA of 3.5 or higher (2 cords) 
    • Summa cum laude: GPA of 3.85 or higher (3 cords)
  • Name card  (for undergraduates and master's candidates ONLY)

On-line graduates should place their order for academic attire with the University Crossing Bookstore to have your regalia shipped to you. 

All undergraduate students - if you are unable to attend the Cap and Gown Countdown, you may pick up your caps and gowns at the University Crossing 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 can pick up their cap and gown at the University Crossing Bookstore. There is no need to pre-order, but there is a fee for rental or purchase. If you would like your regalia shipped to you, fill out this shipping form (pdf).

Doctoral students should place their order with University Crossing Bookstore. Please use this doctoral regalia form (pdf) when ordering. Be aware doctoral candidates must rent or purchase their regalia.

NOTE:  Latecomers are not guaranteed academic attire. 

White Tassels: Senior Class, Leave your Legacy. Make a gift to the Senior Class Gift and inspire the next generation of River Hawks. Every student who makes a donation, regardless of the size of the gift, will receive a special tassel to wear at graduation. Show your family and friends that not only have you made it, but that you are proud to be a supporter of the future of UMass Lowell. 

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
Master of Arts
Cream Bachelor of Liberal Arts
Yellow Bachelor of Science
Master of Science
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
Doctor of Education
Orange Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology
Master of Management Science in Manufacturing Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering
Doctor of Engineering
Dark Brown Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Master of Business Administration
Master of Management Science
Pink Bachelor of Music
Master of Music