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Dress & Conduct

All degree candidates participating in the Commencement ceremony will be required to wear the academic regalia significant to their degree. The regalia is purchased at the NMSU Bookstore or the Graduation Fair.

  • Traditional black regalia will be worn by all graduates and may not be altered, modified or decorated in any way.
  • University approved and issued Honor Cords and Stoles may be worn at the Ceremony.
  • Use CAUTION! In selecting your graduation footwear. You will be required to stand for periods of time, walk distances, and use stairs/ramps.
  • The use of alcohol or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Improper conduct may result in disciplinary actions. Those who choose to participate must respect the rights of others, including invited guests.
  • Respect your fellow classmates and guests by turning off your cell phone sound.
  • Cap, gown, and tassel can be purchased at the NMSU Bookstore starting March 17, 2015 . Special orders must be made no later than March 20, 2015.
  • The last day for faculty rental regalia is April 17, 2015. 
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Undergraduate Candidates

  • Candidates will wear tassels on the right side.

Graduate Candidates

  • Doctoral candidates purchase their hood and regalia at the NMSU bookstore and bring it to the ceremony.
  • Master’s, Educational Specialist, and doctoral candidates will wear tassels on the left side.
  • Bring your hood with you to the ceremony but do not wear it.
  • Drape your hood over your arm as you walk up to the platform.
  • Doctoral candidates, after receiving your certificate, proceed past the center podium and stand in front of the small riser. Turn to face the audience.  The faculty advisor will then hood the candidate and escort them down the left ramp.

Regalia Prices

Bachelor Unit:  Cap, Gown & Tassel             53.98
Master Unit:  Cap, Gown, & Tassel             61.98
Master Unit:   Cap, Gown, Tassel & Hood             94.98
Doctor Unit:  Velvet & piping, Cap, Gown, Tassel             78.98
Doctor Unit:  Velvet & cord, Cap, Gown, Tassel & Hood             119.98
Masters Hood              34.98
PhD Hood              47.98
Cap              10.98
Multi-Colored Tassel:  Black, Cardinal, White               5.98
Tassel (Doctorial):  Light Blue or Gold               5.98
Stole              27.98
Cords             12.98
Rental Regalia:             62.00
Masters Rental Hood             26.00
PhD Rental Hood             32.00
Rental Tam             27.00

For out-of-town customers, call 646-4700 or 646-4432 to place order.

Mail order will ship order via UPS for an added fee.