The robes that bachelor and master's students wear are from Jostens' Elements Collection(TM). These gowns help students celebrate the gradution tradition and obtain a keepsake, knowing their graduation attire was created with the utmost concern for the environment. The fabric for the robes is made from wood that is sourced exclusively from renewable, managed forests. Based on scientific research, if the robe is discarded, the fabric is proven to decompose in soil in one year. Robes kept inside will not decompose. As a part of the Elements Collection program, when a student redeems the Elements regalia hang tag code online, Jostens will contribute $1 to support environmental sustainability.
Bachelor's and master's degree regalia are available for purchase at Bear Faire (Fall and Spring only) or at the Baylor Bookstore. Bachelor's degree regalia includes a gown with unique Baylor markings, a mortarboard and tassel. A stole of appreciation is strictly optional for the student to wear and present as a sign of appprecation to someone of his or her choosing.
Master's degree regalia includes a gown, mortarboard and tassel, and hood. Master's students graduating with dual degrees may wear only one hood.
Bachelor's regalia is priced at $60 plus tax. If you choose to purchase the stole of appreciation, it is an additional 29.95 plus tax. Master's regalia is priced at $102 plus tax.
Baylor has its own distinctive doctoral regalia, which will be worn by all doctoral candidates at commencent. Graduates should contact the Graduate School at 254-710-3582 for information concerning rental of regalia ($37, includes sales tax) or purchase of regalia ($984.86, including tax). Shipping is an additional charge. Purchase of a bag and/or hanger is optional and an additional cost.
The design and appearance of academic regalia varies according to degree, becoming more elaborate with advanced degrees. Undergraduates may wear a maximum of 3 honor cords, medallions, or stoles related to academic honors. Honor cords are for honor/academic societies and do not denote any GPA recognition. Items such as flowers, decorative jewelry, and other non-academic adornments are not appropriate for the commencement ceremony. Mortarboards should not be decorated.
Tassels are available in different colors, depending on the type of degree conferred. Master's hoods will show colors to indicate the area of study. The bookstore will assist you in determining your color designations for tassels and/or hoods.
Honor cords may be provided for membership in an academic or honor organization and usually are available from the organization involved. Cords are not provided to students who graduate cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude, although this designation is shown in the program and is shown on the screen as each graduate's name is called. Diplomas will be ordered after graduation to show this distinction.
A student may wear a maximum of 3 adornments such as honor cords and sashes during the ceremony. It is preferred that these adornments represent academic achievement. Any academic organization that wishes to provide these items to their membership must have approval from the Provost's Office. Contact Commencement@Baylor.edu to request approval.