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GRADUATION FAQs

+GRADUATION
  • Graduation Cap and Gown Return Policy

    Graduation merchandise in original condition & packaging may be returned with a receipt for store credit.


  • Graduation Items, Availability, and Deadlines

    ANNOUNCEMENTSCustom announcements + invitations are available for order anytime through our partner Signature Announcements. To allow time for production and mailing to recipients, we recommend ordering custom announcements 6 to 12 weeks in advance of your graduation date.


    CAP & GOWNS, also known as regalia, for Bachelors, Masters, and to rent for Doctoral candidates are available year-round at the Co-op store and online subject to inventory availability. However, to guarantee a complete package, purchase cut off dates are assigned. Please view the product page for your regalia for cutoff details. We cannot guarantee inventory availability for purchases made within 7 days of a graduation date. For purchasing custom Doctoral Gowns, there is a 7 – 8 week lead time. These dates are also listed on the doctoral purchase page.


    DIPLOMA FRAMESare available for purchase year-round at the Co-op in store and online. Customizable frames are available through https://www.diplomaframe.com/utex and production and shipping times may vary.


    In spring, the graduation department opens in February.


    Graduation orders are usually ready in less than a week, but there are deadlines.


  • Is there a new Bachelor’s Gown for Spring 2020?

    Yes! There is a new UT Official Bachelor’s gown. It is the same fit and style as the previous’ year’s gown, but the UT Official has a Burnt Orange flat braid at the sleeve cuff, making it exclusive for UT by celebrating the school color!


  • Do I have to wear the new UT Official Bachelor’s Gown to participate in Spring 2020 ceremonies?

    If you have an all-black gown, it should be OK to wear it to Spring 2020 ceremonies, but please check with the Graduation Coordinator for your college to confirm: https://commencement.utexas.edu/convocations/college-and-school-contacts


  • When will the new UT Official Bachelor’s Gown be available?

    We recommend ordering your gown asap. The new gown will be available to ship and purchase in store in Mid-March 2020.


  • Is there any change to the Stole or Tassel?

    The Stole and Tassels have not changed for Spring 2020. Inventory is currently available for those who need them.


  • I have a black gown, can I exchange it for the new UT Official Bachelor’s Gown?

    The Co-op is happy to exchange bachelor’s gowns purchased after December 10 for the new UT Official Gown. There is a slight price difference which will be due at the time of the exchange. Please call or chat customer service or visit the Co-op with your gown and any type of proof of purchase (order information, receipt, or just your name and approximate purchase date) to exchange!


  • Is there any change to the Master’s or Doctoral Gowns for Spring 2020?

    The Masters and UT Official Doctoral Gowns have not changed!


  • Help! I missed deadlines and I haven’t ordered any of my supplies!

    Please place an order, call customer service, or come in to visit at the Co-op. We will try our hardest to get you what you need in time for your ceremony. After our deadlines, we can’t guarantee we’ll have the right color/size for you, but we will do our best to make sure you can walk.


  • What do I need to graduate?

    You must apply to graduate and participate in graduation ceremonies. Check with your college to apply. To participate in the ceremony, you’ll need a cap and gown set, and the appropriate color of stole and tassel (for bachelor’s), hood and tassel (for masters.


    For information about ceremonies, visit the UT commencement website: www.utexas.edu/commencement


  • What do I need to know to order or purchase my Cap + Gown?

    All undergraduate and graduate students will wear a black cap and gown. You will need to know your height to determine gown size.


    Your stole or hood as well as your tassel color will change depending on your college and what type of degree you are getting. You’ll need to know your degree and college. For a list of schools’ stole and tassel colors click here.


  • I have a black cap + gown; can I wear that to my Bachelor’s ceremony? How do I get the satin stole and tassel?

    The bachelor’s gown is a traditional black gown, so a black gown worn to another graduation (such as a high school graduation) should be similar. Stoles and tassels are sold separately, and may be purchased online or in store. The masters gown has a different sleeve.


  • How long will it take for my order to be ready?

    In stock graduation items are typically ready for in store pick up or shipment within a week.


  • Can I rent my cap and gown?

    Bachelors and Masters regalia sets are not available to rent. Doctoral students may rent their caps and gowns subject to inventory availability. We recommend renting as early as possible to secure your rental.


  • Where can I get my class ring?

    The Texas Exes Association sells the official University of Texas class ring. https://www.texasexes.org/shop/rings


  • I got a gift card with my grad pack from Signature Announcements. How do I use it?

    The gift card that you received from Signature Announcements will have a total of $30 that you can use towards the cost of your graduation gear. You may use that in store at the register or you can use it online at check out.


    If you have paid for your regalia before receiving your gift card or if you just don't want to use for your graduation gear, you can apply it to any other Co-op purchase.


  • My graduation cap and gown are on backorder, will I get it by graduation?

    Yes! If your items are on backorder, you’ll be notified by email. Your regalia will always be ready before your ceremonies if you order before the deadline.


  • Do I need tickets for my graduation ceremony?

    Some ceremonies hosted in smaller venues require guest tickets, and the University-wide fireworks ceremony requires that students pick up tickets for themselves. For more information, visit: www.utexas.edu/commencement


  • Where do I get my honor cords?

    Honors cords are handed out by the organization you are receiving cords from. Individuals cannot order cords directly.


    If you are a club or other student group looking to order honor cords for your group, contact customer service for details about special ordering your department or organization's honor cords.


  • When should I order my graduation supplies?

    In fall, the graduation department opens in October.


    In spring, the graduation department opens in February.


    Graduation orders are usually ready in less than a week, but there are deadlines.


  • Help! I didn’t realize I had graduation deadlines and I haven’t ordered any of my supplies!

    We will try our hardest to get you what you need in time for your ceremony. After our deadlines, we can’t guarantee we’ll have the right color/size for you, but we’ll always have something available.


  • What do I need to graduate?

    Check with your college to find out your deadlines and what you need to do to apply to graduate. To participate in the ceremony, you’ll need a cap and gown set. Some ceremonies may also require tickets for either the graduate or for their guests. For more information, visit the UT commencement website: www.utexas.edu/commencement


  • I’ve got my cap and gown from high school; can I wear that? How do I get the satin stole and tassel?

    The bachelor’s gown is a traditional black gown, so your high school gown should be similar. You are welcome to purchase the stole and tassel separately on our website or in store.


  • What do I need to know to order my graduation gear?

    For your cap and gown, you only need to know your height. For invitations, you should know what degree you are receiving. For ceremony time and location, visit: www.utexas.edu/commencement


  • How do I know what color I need for my gown?

    All undergraduate and graduate students will wear a black cap and gown. Your stole or hood as well as your tassel color will change depending on your college and what type of degree you are getting. You can see all the college colors here.


  • Can I place my regalia on hold?

    No. If you are concerned about receiving your regalia in time for your ceremony, we strongly recommend placing your order online.


  • Can I decorate my cap?

    Yes! UT does not have restrictions on this, but check with your individual college as well. The Co-op Art Store offers many craft and art supplies great for cap decorating! Visit Co-op Art + Supply for tips and supplies!

+DOCTORAL CAPS & GOWNS
  • How do I measure myself?

    Visit this blog post for measuring tips!


  • Can I rent the traditional regalia if I'm a student?

    The UT Official custom gown is the official regalia for doctoral candidates graduating from the University of Texas, it is the preferred style of regalia that should be worn to UT commencement. However, students may opt to wear the traditional, faculty regalia to commencement instead.


  • Should I rent or purchase?

    If you are planning to continue teaching at another university, we recommend purchasing your regalia. The custom gowns are designed to last a lifetime, so it’s a one-time investment and will save you from going through a rental process each semester. A good option for those who cannot make the investment right now is to purchase part of the regalia, and piece-meal your way into purchasing the entire set. Keep the hood from your initial hooding ceremony for a great a keepsake!


    The last consideration is timing. When you purchase a gown, they are custom-made to order and will take 4-7 weeks to arrive. Rentals typically are available on a shorter timeline.


    All rental items must be returned by Saturday, May 30th.


  • I am from another school. Can I order from the Co-op?

    We can special-order many other school's "Official" regalia.


    Contact us to see if your school has an official regalia available for purchase. If you purchase during our bi-annual doctoral regalia sale, you'll be able to apply that discount to this purchase. Other colleges official regalia is not available for rent.


  • What’s the difference between UT’s Official Doctoral Regalia and Traditional Faculty Doctoral Regalia?

    The University's Official custom regalia is the official regalia for all doctoral degree candidates including degree candidates receiving professional degrees in Pharmacy (PharmD) and law (Doctor of Jurisprudence - JD). It is the preferred outfit for doctoral candidates walking in commencement.


    Comes with a Madison-style gown with two embroidered, gold towers on the front lapel, matching velvet hood lined with Texas Orange and white satin, matching velvet tam with gold metallic tassel, and two pins.


    Visit us to see samples and receive a consultation from our graduation experts.


    The UT Official cap & gown cannot be customized in any way. You may purchase the items all together or individually.

    PURCHASERENT
    GOWN

    $688

    $64.99

    HOOD

    $185

    $32.99

    TAM

    $107

    NOT RENTABLE

    PIN SET

    $46

    NOT RENTABLE

    SHIPPING

    $15.95

    NONE

    TOTAL

    $1026

    $205.98

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    Traditional regalia may be worn by doctorates from any university. Faculty at UT typically wear the traditional style of regalia to commencement ceremonies, which will allow you to wear a hood with your alma mater’s colors.


    Comes with a black doctoral robe, velvet tam or mortarboard, and velvet hood designating your degree with satin lining highlighting your alma mater.


    Traditional regalia may be rented or purchased. Purchase price ranges from $604 - $1,150; purchased regalia is customizable. Rental price ranges from $59.99 - $87.99; rental regalia is a simplified outfit and customization is not available. Pricing and customization details available on the order form.


    When you're ready to send your order in, email or fax your order form back to the Graduation Department at grad@universitycoop.com or fax at 512-474-8159.


  • What’s the difference between the Madison and Jefferson style gowns?

    The Madison style Doctoral gown will have a gathered cuff sleeve. When you raise your hand for accepting (or giving!) a diploma, the cuffed sleeve will be visible. Overall, this style of gown is more ornate, with extra pleats (extra fabric), and a slit at the waistline for easy reach into your pockets beneath your gown. This style of gown is more expensive, but it more common because of the pocket and the cuffed sleeve.


    The Jefferson style gown has a loose bell sleeve. Visually, when your hands are down, the gowns will be very similar, but the Jefferson features less fabric overall and is a little lighter weight.


  • What are my fabric options?

    Your hood and gown should be the same fabric. Samples are available in the Graduation Department on the Academic Floor of the Co-op (link to location).


    MASTERS OPTIONS

    MATERIAL + DESCRIPTIONGOWNHOODMORTARBOARD
    REGENCY POPLIN

    65% Polyester, 35% Cotton. Lightweight, breathable, prone to wrinkling.

    $191

    $106

    $37

    VENTURE

    100% polyester Gabardine.

    $211

    $126

    $40

    DALTON CREPE

    100% Polyester.

    $267

    $146

    $43

    PEACH SKIN

    100% Polyester.

    $304

    $165

    $46

    TROPICAL WOOL

    100% Polyester.

    $335

    $175

    $48

    ROOSEVELT

    100% PET Recycled Material.

    $335

    $175

    $48


    DOCTORAL OPTIONS

    MATERIAL + DESCRIPTIONJEFFERSON GOWNMADISON GOWNDOCTORAL HOOD
    REGENCY POPLIN

    65% Polyester, 35% Cotton. Lightweight, breathable, prone to wrinkling.

    $402

    $546

    $129

    VENTURE

    100% polyester Gabardine.

    $500

    $628

    $155

    DALTON CREPE

    100% Polyester.

    $587

    $711

    $170

    PEACH SKIN

    100% Polyester.

    $618

    $742

    $196

    TROPICAL WOOL

    100% Polyester.

    $639

    $742

    $196

    ROOSEVELT

    100% PET Recycled Material.

    $639

    $742

    $196


  • What does the color of the velvet mean?

    The velvet panels on the gown and sleeves are available in PhD Blue velvet or Black Velvet. Both options are acceptable. We recommend making this decision based on your personal preference or what coordinates better with your tam, cords, or hood. Typical rental gowns at any university will have black velvet, so if you want to stand out, the PhD blue provides a nice pop of color.


  • What are my options for cording accents?

    You are able to choose whatever cording color you like, typically, graduates will choose the color of their discipline (light blue, for example, represents education) or their alma mater. You may also choose to add cording to your doctoral hood along the rim of the velvet or the rim of the hood itself.


    Cording for the gown: $71


    Cording for the hood: $37


  • What’s the difference between the velvet tam and the mortarboard?

    The mortarboard is the typical 4-corner flat cap worn by undergraduates when graduating, although the custom doctoral cap is fitted and will feature a gold tassel. Mortarboards are covered in the same fabric as your gown, pricing is listed in the gown fabric guide above.


    Velvet tams are more commonly worn by doctoral graduates – they are more comfortable and easier to wear. Tams are available in black or PhD blue velvet, and also 4, 6, or 8-corners. Typically, graduates choose the tam color to match the velvet color on their gowns. The most commonly worn style of tam is a 6-corner. The 8-corner is a little more ornate, while the 4-corner is simpler.


    Corner Tam: $82.00

    6-Corner Tam: $89.00

    8-Corner Tam: $93.00


  • What are my tassel options?

    If you purchase a tam, you must choose the type of tassel for your order. You may order a removable gold tassel free of charge (this tassel will be similar to your bachelors or masters tassel), or you may choose to add a sewn-on gold tassel to your tam (these sewn-on tassels are smaller and do not move, so they will never hang in your face and can’t be lost)


    Sewn On Gold Silky Tassel is a yellow, silky tassel that is sewn onto the tam: $25.00


    Sewn On Gold Metallic Tassel is a gold tassel has metallic fiber that will never shred and is a true gold color. $45.00

+ANNOUNCEMENTS & INVITATIONS
  • Can I buy my invitations in store?

    Invitations and announcements are provided by Signature Announcements. We’re happy to assist with the online ordering process via phone, email or Live Chat.


  • Can I see a sample of your invitations?

    Samples are available in store.


  • How do I know if I have honors that should be printed on my invitations?

    Grades are not finalized until after graduation, so the official honors designations are determined after graduation. You can check the UT website to see former cut-offs and estimate if you qualify. If you indicate that you want honors information printed on your invitations, they will be printed without issue. Be sure to confirm what type of honors you want printed as there are a variety of different programs on campus.


  • Which ceremony do I invite my friends and family to?

    There are two ceremonies which you can attend - your individual college ceremony and the University- wide ceremony.


    The individual college ceremony is where your name will be called, and you walk across the stage. Individual ceremonies are usually inside and air-conditioned.


    The University-Wide ceremony is the outdoor fireworks ceremony with a commencement speaker.


  • Can I add special information to my invitations?

    There are a few options that are offered when ordering invitations through our partnered company, Signature Announcements. You can add a special message at the bottom of your customized invitations or add on a set of personalized note cards.


  • How do I fill out my Invitations?

    Check out this blog post for invitation and announcement etiquette.

+DIPLOMAS & DIPLOMA FRAMES
  • When will I get my diploma?

    These are usually mailed out roughly 6 weeks after graduation. Check with the University for more information.


  • How do I get my diploma framed if I don’t have my diploma?

    Our frames are designed like picture frames. You can remove the back of the frame and mount the diploma inside with ease. The frame will include instructions and the appropriate acid-free tape to hang your diploma.


    The Co-op does not offer framing services.


  • Can I buy just the mat of a diploma frame?

    We are unable to sell mats and frames separately.


  • Do you sell frames for other sized certificates?

    Yes, we have a few stock frames designed for 8.5 x 11” certificates and we also offer a State of Texas frame for board certificates.


    If you are looking for something else that you do not see on our site, we can most likely special-order it for you. Contact us by phone or email.


  • I would like a second copy of my diploma, is that possible?

    Yes, the University offers a service for this. Please contact Diploma Services in the UT Registrar’s office for more information.