Commencement Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns

Undergraduate Students Late Pick Up | Graduate Students | Wearing Your Academic Attire

Ordering Your Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns are now available for ordering through Herff Jones. If you place an order before the deadline (February 25 for Law students; March 11 for undergraduate students; April 8 for graduate students), your cap and gown will be available at the events listed below, but only at the campus selected while ordering. Be sure to bring your email confirmation along with your student ID card.

Please keep in mind that your student account must be paid in full or appropriate arrangements made before picking up your cap and gown. Also, you must have applied online to graduate through my.fordham.edu or have the permission of your dean.

If you did not preorder your gown online, you may still attend the pick-up events and receive a cap and gown on a first-come, first-served basis. (Extras will not be available at the Westchester distributions.)

Bachelor’s and master’s candidates (except for the School of Law) are given keeper gowns and therefore do not return academic attire. All doctoral rental gowns must be returned following the ceremonies.

Undergraduate Students
Graduate Salutes (Undergraduate Cap and Gown Pick-up)

Lincoln Center Graduate Salutes
140 West, G-76
Wednesday, April 20 | 5 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 21 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Rose Hill Graduate Salutes
McGinley Center Ballroom
Enter through the new campus center, 2nd floor bridge
Monday, April 25 | 2 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Westchester Distributions
Room 204
Tuesday, April 26 | 3 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27 | 3 – 7 p.m.

Undergraduate Students | Late Pick Up

If caps and gowns are not picked up at the Graduate Salutes at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center, they must be picked up at the Rose Hill campus on the following dates and times. A $10 late fee (cash only) will be charged to all who pick up their caps and gowns at the following late distributions:

Rose Hill Campus
McShane Campus Center, Room 112
Thursday, May 19 | 4 – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 20 | 12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 | 8 – 10 a.m.

Students who ordered their caps and gowns to Westchester have one late option to pick up their gowns. These gowns will not be available at Rose Hill. A $10 late fee (cash only) will be charged to all who pick up their caps and gowns at the following late distribution:

Westchester Campus
Room G-12
Wednesday, May 11 | 4 – 7 p.m.

Graduate Students
Graduate Cap and Gown Pick-up

Graduate students have an option to pick up their cap and gown order from campus free of charge or have it shipped home for an additional fee. Please be sure to pick up your cap and gown order from the campus you selected when ordering.

The pick-up times are below:

Gabelli School of Business (master’s and doctoral candidates)

Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center
Friday, May 20 | 3 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 | 12 – 2 p.m.

Gabelli Caps and Gowns not picked up in advance from all locations will also be available between 8 a.m. and the start of the ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th in the McShane Campus Center, Room 112, at the Rose Hill campus.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Rose Hill Campus
McShane Campus Center, Room 112
Thursday, May 19 | 4 – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 20 | 12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 | 8 – 10 a.m.

Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center
Friday, May 20 | 3 – 6 p.m.

Graduate School of Education

Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center
Friday, May 20 | 3 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 | 12 – 2 p.m.

Rose Hill Campus
McShane Campus Center, Room 112
Thursday, May 19 | 4 – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 20 | 12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 | 8 – 10 a.m.

GSE Caps and Gowns not picked up in advance from all locations will also be available between 8 a.m. and the start of the ceremony on Monday, May 23rd in the McShane Campus Center, Room 112, at the Rose Hill campus

Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Rose Hill Campus
McShane Campus Center, Room 112
Thursday, May 19 | 4 – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 20 | 12 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 | 8 – 10 a.m.

Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center
Friday, May 20 | 3 – 6 p.m.

Graduate School of Social Service

Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center
Friday, May 20 | 4 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 | 12 – 2 p.m.

Westchester Campus
Room G-12
Wednesday, May 11 | 4 – 7 p.m.

GSS Caps and Gowns not picked up in advance from all locations will also be available between 8 a.m. and the start of the ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th in the McShane Campus Center, Room 112, at the Rose Hill campus.

School of Law

Lincoln Center Campus
Costantino Room, Law School
Monday, April 4 | 12 – 4 p.m.

Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center
Friday, May 20 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 | 2 – 4 p.m.

LAW Caps and Gowns not picked up in advance from all locations will also be available between 8 a.m. and the start of the ceremony on Monday, May 23rd in the McShane Campus Center, Room 112, at the Rose Hill campus.

School of Professional and Continuing Studies (master's candidates)

Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, Lowenstein Center
Friday, May 20 | 3 – 6 p.m.

Westchester Campus
Room G-12
Wednesday, May 11 | 4 – 7 p.m.

Wearing Your Academic Attire

The gowns and colors of academic dress indicate the graduate’s level of academic accomplishment, discipline, and school/university affiliation. We ask for graduates’ cooperation in not modifying academic attire with personal items that may distract from the academic ritual.

The cut of the gown identifies the degree. The bachelor’s gown has pointed sleeves, while the master’s gown has oblong-cut sleeves. The doctoral gown has bell-shaped sleeves typically crossed with bands of velvet.

The length of the hood indicates the level of the degree. The color of the velvet border indicates the field of learning in which the degree was earned and includes white for arts, gold for science, brown for fine arts, dark blue for philosophy, light blue for education, purple for law, citron for social service, and drab for business. The inner lining of Fordham hoods is maroon, the University’s official color.

For the academic procession, graduates carry the hood draped over the left arm with the color that represents the degree clearly visible. Candidates don their hoods after the president has conferred all degrees. The hood should be placed around your neck and shoulders so that the major portion hangs down the back and the velvet is up. The cord on the front of the hood should be fastened to your clothing. The bachelor’s and master's cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear and the tassel you will receive to the left. Doctoral candidates wear a tam which has an attached tassel.

Undergraduate students in Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and the Gabelli School of Business should also wear their cap and gown (but not hood) to their respective college awards ceremonies on Friday, May 20.