Get Your Cap and Gown

Cap and gown pickup will be available in the campus bookstore February 1 through May 17, 2019. Students who are unable to pick up a cap & gown during these times should make arrangements with the Bookstore for pickup at the ceremony.  Once cap & gown is issued, any misplaced, lost, damaged or stolen regalia pieces will be the responsibility of the student to replace at their own expense.

Students must first apply for graduation at jwuLink and pick up their Cap & Gown Voucher from Student Academic & Financial Services.

For student loan borrowers, you will receive a Cap & Gown Voucher once you have completed your exit counseling session. Student Academic & Financial Services will provide exit counseling sessions in the spring term. Winter graduates should complete the exit interview online, print the page and bring a copy to SFS to receive your cap and gown voucher.

Visit the Preparations page for a full list of dates.

Students without loans can come to Student Academic & Financial Services starting Feb. 1 to pick up their Cap & Gown Voucher without completing exit counseling.

What to Wear & How to Wear It

Graduates are expected to wear the full academic dress (cap, gown and hood) appropriate to your degree. Those in the military are permitted to wear appropriate military dress uniforms. Men traditionally wear a white dress shirt, slacks, plain tie and dress shoes under the gown; women typically wear a dress or skirt and blouse and dress shoes under the gown.

Graduates should put on their cap and gown before entering the assembly area. Staff will be on hand if you need assistance. Leave coats, valuables and other items with parents, friends or guests. You will not be able to store any personal belongings in the assembly area nor will you be permitted to march in the procession with items such as bags, flowers, balloons etc.

The gown should be ironed and worn. Both the cap and gown should be worn at all times by women; men remove their caps for the national anthem, the invocation and the benediction, but wear them at all other times throughout the ceremony. The tassel is to hang on the front right side of the cap.

As a tradition, graduates may purchase a stole of gratitude in the Bookstore for individuals in the audience who provided extraordinary support to him/her during their studies.

Academic Hood

Bachelor’s degree recipients also wear an academic hood representing their higher level of education. Your hood should be draped around your neck with the largest portion of the hood hanging down your back. The velvet border, which indicates your specific field of study, should be showing on the outside. The velvet should fold under on the lower back to allow the colors of your college to show. To keep your hood from being too tight against your neck, there is a cord on the front to help secure it to a shirt button or to pin to a blouse or dress.

The faculty and platform party will be wearing regalia representative of the degrees they possess. The president and other officials of the university will wear caps and gowns designed exclusively for Johnson & Wales University. The honorary degree recipients will wear the academic costume and hood appropriate for the degree being conferred upon them.

Honors Regalia


Academic Honors

Students who qualify for cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude will receive a gold cord at the ceremony. Honors status will be confirmed in the confirmation email sent in April from Student Academic Services.

Honors Program

Students who have completed all requirements of the Honors Scholastic Society will receive a gold stole to wear on the day of the ceremony. Students should contact Honors Coordinator Petas Bonaparte from the School of Arts & Sciences (ASC 201, 305-892-7649) for additional information.

University Service



Students who have completed a designated number of university service hours through student organizations, held a leadership position and maintained a minimum grade point average will receive a blue and white braided cord from their advisers.

Alpha Beta Kappa

Students selected as members of the Alpha Beta Kappa honor society will be presented with Alpha Beta Kappa honor cords at the University Awards Ceremony.