Regalia & Guest Services

REGALIA AND GUEST SERVICES

REGALIA FOR GRADUATING CANDIDATES

Graduating candidates participating in the Commencement ceremonies must wear the appropriate academic regalia.

BACHELOR'S DEGREE REGALIA

Bachelor's Degree RegaliaFor bachelor's degree, candidates wear a black bachelor's degree gown (bell shaped sleeves), black cap (mortarboard) with a black tassel.
 
How to wear it? The tassel is worn on the right side. At the end of the ceremony, the tassel is changed from the right to the left after the degree is conferred by President William A. Covino.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

MASTER'S DEGREE REGALIA

Master's Degree Regalia

For master's degree, candidates wear a black master's degree gown (longer closed sleeves), black cap (mortarboard) with a black tassel, and a master's hood designated with their academic major or discipline.

How to wear it? The tassel is worn on the left side. Master's degree candidates do not wear their hood until after the hooding ceremony. When candidates check-in, the hood should be draped on the left arm with the velvet hood trim on the outside closer to the hand. Hoods have a button and cord inside; they should not be clasped. This will slow down the hooding process and/or prevent the faculty from hooding the candidate properly.

When it is the candidate's turn to be hooded on stage, the left arm should be extended so the faculty can get the hood. Once the hood is taken, the candidate should step in front of the hooding faculty, face the audience, and kneel slightly. This allows the faculty to hood properly, and prevent the cap from being accidentally removed.

DOCTORAL DEGREE REGALIA

Doctoral Degrees Regalia

For doctoral degree, candidates wear a black doctoral degree robe (with three black velvet bands on each sleeve and black velvet running down the middle front), black tam with a gold tassel, and a doctoral hood designated with their academic major or discipline.

How to wear it? The tassel is worn on the left side. Doctoral degree candidates do not wear their hood until after the hooding ceremony. When candidates check-in, the hood should be draped on the left arm with the velvet hood trim on the outside closer to the hand. Hoods have a button and cord inside; they should not be clasped. This will slow down the hooding process and/or prevent the faculty from hooding the candidate properly.

When it is the candidate's turn to be hooded on stage, the left arm should be extended so the faculty can get the hood. Once the hood is taken, the candidate should step in front of the hooding faculty, face the audience, and kneel slightly. This allows the faculty to hood properly, and prevent the tam from being accidentally removed.

MASTER'S HOOD COLORS

The color or colors of the silk lining of the hood worn over the academic robe of each master's participant represent(s) the academic institution from which they graduated. The official colors of Cal State LA are black and gold. The color of the velvet band around the hood designates the specific academic major or discipline as follows:

Arts, Letters, Humanities

White

Business Administration

Taupe

Economics

Copper 

Education

Light Blue       

Engineering

Orange    

Fine Arts

Brown

Journalism

Crimson

Law

Purple

Library Science

Lemon Yellow

Medicine

Kelly Green    

Music

Pink

Nursing

Apricot

Nutritional Science

Maroon

Philosophy

Dark Blue

Physical Education

Sage Green

Public Administration

Peacock Blue

Science

Golden Yellow

Social Science

Cream

Social Work

Citron

Speech

Silver Gray

DOCTORAL HOOD COLORS

The color or colors of the silk lining of the hood worn over the academic robe of each doctoral candidate represent(s) the academic institution from which they graduated. The official colors of Cal State LA are black and gold. Doctoral hood will have "panels" at the sides of the hood that lie cape-like across the back. The color of the velvet band around the hood designates the specific academic major or discipline as follows:

Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education

Dark Blue

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Light Blue

Doctor of Nursing Practice Apricot

PURCHASING REGALIA

You can purchase regalia at Grad Fair on April 10 and 11, 2019, or at the University Bookstore starting April 15, 2019, until the Commencement ceremonies. Online ordering or rentals are currently not available. Questions? Please contact the University Bookstore at (323) 343-2500.
 
Bachelor's Degree Regalia: $50.98 + tax
Black bachelor's gown
Black cap (mortarboard)
Black tassel
 
Master's Degree Regalia: $91.96 + tax
Black master's gown
Black cap (mortarboard)
Black tassel
Master's hood
 
Doctoral Degree Regalia: (Not available at Grad Fair, requires 6 weeks or more to order)
Black doctoral robe
Black tam
Gold tassel

Doctoral hood

FACULTY REGALIA

Faculty may rent or purchase regalia online through the University Bookstore's vendor Oak Hall in early spring 2019. To ensure on-time delivery, size, and choice of hood/institution color, please place your order 6 - 8 weeks in advance before regalia is needed. 

For questions, please contact Bobby Gagnon at the University Bookstore at (323) 343-2500.

FLOWERS

Graduation Day Flowers will be selling leis and bouquets during Commencement at various locations on campus. You can also pre-order online and pick-up your flowers near the ceremony entrance.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Grad Images will be taking graduation portraits on campus during Grad Fair and during the months of April and May. Additional portrait sessions may be added in spring 2019. To make an appointment, please check back in early spring.

Grad Images will also be taking pictures of the graduating candidates during Commencement on stage. After the ceremonies, electronic proofs are emailed to the candidates for purchase of their photos. Please make sure to complete the back of the name card during check-in to ensure receipt of the digital proofs.

Questions about commencement photography? Please contact the Alumni Association at (323) 343-2586 or email alum@calstatela.edu.

OTHER GUEST SERVICES

FOOD SERVICES

The Food Court, Starbucks, Cafe 47, and the University Bookstore will be open May 20 to 24, 2019. Operation hours during Commencement will be posted in spring 2019.

UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE

The University Bookstore will have academic regalia, announcements, graduation gifts, sashes, and University merchandise available for purchase before and during Commencement. Operation hours during Commencement will be posted in spring 2019.