Academic dress is required of all graduates participating in Commencement and must be ordered by April 3, 2020.

You should purchase your cap and gown through the Grad Fair on March 17 and March 18, 2020, online, or in the Rockford University Bookstore. Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree wear a gown, mortar (cap), and tassel. Students graduating with a master’s degree wear a gown, academic hood reflecting area of study, mortar, and tassel.

  • A cap and gown for a bachelor’s degree are $40.15 plus tax.
  • A cap, gown, and hood for a master’s degree are $69.15 plus tax.
  • Appropriate attire to be worn under the gown consists of dress slacks with a shirt and tie for men, and a dress, skirt, pants or suit for women.

In the event the ceremony is cancelled, gowns can be returned. However, they MUST NOT be removed from the plastic packaging to be accepted for return.

Tassel colors

Bachelor of Arts – White
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Brown
Bachelor of Science – Gold
Bachelor of Science in Management Studies – Gold
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Apricot
Masters of Arts in Teaching – Blue
Master of Business Administration – Ecru                                                                                                                        Master of Education – Blue

Cords for Academic Honors and National Honors Societies (see Honors page for eligibility information):

Honors – gold cord
Phi Beta Kappa (national academic honor society), baby blue and pink ribbons
Phi Alpha Theta (history), red and light blue cord
Psi Chi (psychology), gold cord with gold and blue tassels at each end
Sigma Beta Delta (business administration), forest green and gold cord
Sigma Theta Tau International (nursing), orchid and white cord

Military Recognition Cords (see Honors page for eligibility information):

Rockford University is proud to recognize its graduating veterans and military members with a red, white, and blue regalia cord. The cord colors replicate those of our nation’s flag to denote the valor, excellence, and sacrifices these individuals have exemplified in their service to the United States Armed Forces.

If you have not already done so, please contact the Rockford University Bookstore for information and the necessary forms to order your academic dress before the April 3, 2020 deadline. The bookstore is located on the first floor of the Blanche Walker Burpee Center. Please contact the Bookstore for hours at 815.226.4019.

Department Information

Rockford University
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Rita Elliott, Commencement Coordinator
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