Cap and Gown FAQ

1. How do I rent a cap and gown?
2. What is the Grad Fair?
3. How do I measure my cap size? 
4. Do I get to keep my tassel? 
5. Where do I pick up my cap and gown? 
6. What if I missed the Grad Fair and the pre-order deadline?
7. Where do I drop off my rental gown (and hood) after the graduation ceremonies?
8. What is a "Stole of Gratitude"?
9. Is there any special regalia for students graduating with honors?
10. Can I order my cap and gown over the phone?
11. How do I purchase just a tassel?
12. How do I purchase just a cap?
13. What is the name of my degree and what color is my tassel (undergraduates)/hood (Masters/PhD students)?
14. How do I purchase other graduation items, such as thank-you notes, rings, and diploma frames?
15. What is the Y Bell tradition? 
16. Can I decorate my cap or gown? 
17. Additional questions?

 

 

How do I rent a cap and gown?

Order online HERE until March 31st. All orders are home-shipped. No gowns will be available for walk-ins the week of graduation. All orders must be done online.

 

 

What is the Grad Fair?

The Grad Fair is a one-stop shop for graduation ceremony preparation. It occurs about six weeks before April graduation. Our cap and gown provider, Herff Jones, hosts the Grad Fair to assist students with ordering caps and gowns, rings, announcements, stoles of gratitude, diploma frames, and other graduation accessories.

If you order your cap and gown at the Grad Fair or any time before the early bird deadline, you will receive a discount of $10 off the original price.

 

How do I measure my cap size?

All caps are "sure-fit" and one-size fits all.

 

 

Do I get to keep my tassel?

Yes, all students keep their caps and tassels (and stoles) and return their rental gowns and hoods. If you would like to purchase souvenir tassels for yourself, your family, or your friends, you can add them to your online cap and gown order.

 

 

Where do I pick up my cap and gown?

All orders are shipped to the address you provided when making the order online. Shipping takes 2-3 weeks.

 

 

What if I missed the Grad Fair and/or the pre-order deadline?

No problem. You can order your cap and gown online on your own up till March 31st.

 

 

Where do I drop off my rental gown (and hood) after the graduation ceremonies?

A return mailing label is provided in the box your regalia comes in. Just put that on the outside of the box and put your gown (and hood if you have one) back in the box and mail it back by May 1st.

 

 

What is a "Stole of Gratitude"?

A stole is an optional accessory worn by the graduate during the commencement ceremony. After commencement, the graduate presents the stole of gratitude to someone who provided them with help or support, such as parents, relatives, or mentors. Immediately after graduation, the graduate removes the stole from his/her neck and places it around the neck of the recipient. More than one stole may be worn during commencement, symbolizing that the student was helped by multiple people. Stoles can be purchased online with your order.

 

 

Is there any special regalia for students graduating with honors?

There is no special regalia to wear for graduating students receiving scholastic honors, see the Registrar's website here: Registrar Scholastic Honors. Phi Kappa Phi honor cords are sold by Phi Kappa Phi (http://phikappaphi.byu.edu/content/graduation-regalia-0).

Graduating students receiving scholastic honors do not wear special regalia (more information). However, other honors organizations, such as Phi Kappa Phi, may provide a medallion or special cord for a graduate to wear (HERE).

 

 

Can I order my cap and gown over the phone?

We are unable to take any phone orders. Please order online by the deadline.

 

 

How do I purchase just a tassel?

Tassels can be purchased before graduation at the BYU Store.

 

 

How do I purchase just a cap?

Caps can be purchased before graduation at the BYU Store.

 

 

What is the name of my degree and what color is my tassel?

Complete degree list and tassel color information is listed below.

Major

Name of Degree

Tassel Color

Accounting

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Acting

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

Actuarial Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

American Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Animation

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

Anthropology

Bachelor of Arts

White

Anthropology- Archaeology

Bachelor of Arts

White

Anthropology- Sociocultural

Bachelor of Arts

White

Art Education

Bachelor of Arts

White

Art History and Curatorial Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Asian Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Athletic Training

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Bioinformatics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Biological Science Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Biology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Biophysics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-General Business

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-Entrepreneurship

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-Finance

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-Global Supply Chain

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-Business

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-Marketing Management

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-Orgnztnl Behavior/HR Mgt

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Business-Strategy

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Chemistry

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Chemistry Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Chinese

Bachelor of Arts

White

Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Classical Studies- Classical Civilization

Bachelor of Arts

White

Classical Studies- Classics

Bachelor of Arts

White

Classical Studies- Greek

Bachelor of Arts

White

Classical Studies- Latin

Bachelor of Arts

White

Clinical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Communication Disorders

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Communications-Advertising

Bachelor of Arts

White

Communications- Broadcast Journalism

Bachelor of Arts

White

Communications- Communications Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Communications- Print Journalism

Bachelor of Arts

White

Communications- Public Relations

Bachelor of Arts

White

Comparative Literature

Bachelor of Arts

White

Computer Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Computer Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Computer Engineering- Animation Bioinformatics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Conservation Biology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Construction Management

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Dance

Bachelor of Arts

White

Dance Education

Bachelor of Arts

White

Dietetics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Earth and Space Science Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Economics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Elementary Education- Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

English

Bachelor of Arts

White

English Language

Bachelor of Arts

White

English Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

White

Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

European Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Exercise and Wellness

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Facility and Property Management

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Family History- Genealogy

Bachelor of Arts

White

Family Life- Family Studies

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Family Life- Human Development

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Food Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

French (2nd Major Program)

Bachelor of Arts

White

French Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

French Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

White

 

General Studies:

 

 

American Studies

Bachelor of General Studies

White

English & American Literature

Bachelor of General Studies

White

Family History

Bachelor of General Studies

White

Family Life

Bachelor of General Studies

White

History

Bachelor of General Studies

White

Management

Bachelor of General Studies

White

Psychology

Bachelor of General Studies

White

Writing

Bachelor of General Studies

White

 

Genetics and Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geography

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geography-Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geography- Geographic Information Systems

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geography-Geospatial Intelligence

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geography-Global Studies

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geography-Tourism Studies

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geography-Urban & Environmental Planning

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Geology-Environmental Geology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

German

Bachelor of Arts

White

German-Linguistics Literature

Bachelor of Arts

White

German Studies (2nd Major Program)

Bachelor of Arts

White

German Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

White

Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

History

Bachelor of Arts

White

History Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities- Art History

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-Classical Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-Comparative Literature

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-English

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-Foreign Literature

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-History

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-Media Arts (Film)

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts

White

Humanities-Theatre

Bachelor of Arts

White

Illustration

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

Industrial Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

Information Systems

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Information Technology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

International Relations

Bachelor of Arts

White

Italian

Bachelor of Arts

White

Japanese

Bachelor of Arts

White

Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Korean

Bachelor of Arts

White

Landscape Management

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Latin American Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Latin Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

White

Linguistics

Bachelor of Arts

White

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Mathematics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Mathematics Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Media Arts Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Media Music Studies

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Microbiology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Middle East Studies/Arabic

Bachelor of Arts

White

Molecular Biology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Music

Bachelor of Arts

White

Music Composition

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Dance Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

Music Education

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Education-K-12 Choral

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Education-K-12 Instrumental

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Education-Elementary Music Specialist

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-Brass

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-Combined Piano & Organ

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-Organ

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-Percussion

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-Piano

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-String

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-Vocal

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Music Performance-Woodwind

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Neuroscience

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Nursing

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Nutritional Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts

White

Photography

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

Physical Education Teaching/Coaching (K-12)

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Teaching Physical Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Physics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Physics, Applied

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Physics-Astronomy

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Physics-Teaching

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Physiology and Developmental Biology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

White

Portuguese

Bachelor of Arts

White

Psychology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Public Health

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Recreation Management and Youth Leadership

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Recreation Management and Youth Leadership-Leisure Services Management

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Recreation Management and Youth Leadership-Therapeutic Recreation

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Russian

Bachelor of Arts

White

School Health Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Social Science Teaching

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Sociology

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Sound Recording Technology

Bachelor of Music

Pink

Spanish

Bachelor of Arts

White

Spanish Teaching

Bachelor of Arts

White

Spanish Translation

Bachelor of Arts

White

Special Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Special Education-Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Special Education-Severe Disabilities

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Statistics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Statistics-Applied Statistics & Analytics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Statistics-Biostatistics

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Statistics-Statistical Science

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Studio Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Brown

Technology & Engineering Education

Bachelor of Science

Gold

Theatre Arts Education K-12

Bachelor of Arts

White

Theatre Arts Studies

Bachelor of Arts

White

Visual Arts

Bachelor of Arts

White

Visual Arts-Graphic Design

Bachelor of Arts

White

Visual Arts-Illustration

Bachelor of Arts

White

Visual Arts-Photography

Bachelor of Arts

White

Visual Arts-Studio Arts

Bachelor of Arts

White

Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation

Bachelor of Science

Gold

 

 

 

 

Master of Arts

White | White Hood

 

Master of Accountancy

Sapphire Blue | Sapphire Blue Hood

 

Master of Business Admin

Sapphire Blue | Sapphire Blue Hood

 

Master of Comparative Law

Purple | Purple Hood

 

Master of Education

Light Blue | Light Blue Hood

 

Master of Fine Arts

Brown | Brown Hood

 

Master of Information Systems Management

Sapphire Blue | Sapphire Blue Hood

 

Master of Music

Pink | Pink Hood

 

Master of Organizational Behavior

Sapphire Blue | Sapphire Blue Hood

 

Master of Public Administration

Sapphire Blue | Sapphire Blue Hood

 

Master of Science

Yellow Gold | Yellow Gold Hood

 

Master of Social Work

Citron | Citron Hood

 

 

 

 

Doctor of Jurisprudence

Gold | Purple Hood

 

Doctor of Education

Gold | Light Blue Hood

 

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

Gold | PhD Dark Blue Hood

 

 

How do I purchase other graduation items, such as thank you notes, rings, and diploma frames?

You can purchase thank you notes, rings, and diploma frames through BYU's Herff Jones website as part of your online cap and gown order. 

 

 

Y Bell Tradition

Immediately following Commencement, students traditionally gather on the Southwest corner of the Marriott Center to ring the Y Bell and celebrate graduation.

 

 

Can I decorate my cap or gown?

To maintain the dignity of the graduation services, graduates are requested not to alter or embellish the cap (mortarboard) or gown. It is not appropriate. “Stoles of Gratitude,” leis, or honors regalia are appropriate accessories to the basic cap and gown.

 

 

Additional Questions?

Email capsandgowns@byu.edu or call 1-800-BYU-ALUM.