Attire and Accessories

During the commencement ceremony, graduates may wear cords, stoles, medals and pins that indicate academic honors. These embellishments acknowledge students who have completed university honors curricula, or membership in elite nationally/internationally recognized honor societies whose primary purpose is academic preparation or academic recognition.

Students are welcome to wear cords and stoles with symbols of social, fraternal or religious organizations during Friday’s Baccalaureate Mass and reception and other events/activities prior to and following the commencement ceremony (Hawk Walk).

Commencement Regalia (Cap & Gown):

  • ORDER your cap & gown online December 1, 2018 through Friday, March 8, 2019.
  • PICK UP your cap & gown at the Rockhurst Bookstore (Massman Hall) Friday, April 26, 2019 through May 10, 2019 during normal business hours (Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m; Late Hours until 6:00 pm during Finals week).
  • After Friday, May 10, 2019, all unclaimed regalia will be shipped to Municipal Auditorium for pick-up at 11:00 am on Commencement Day (Saturday May 18, 2019). 


Your announcements will be shipped to the address you specify on the order form. Allow three to four weeks for delivery after your order is placed. All orders for personalized announcements need to be paid in full at the time of order. The cut-off date for ordering personalized announcements in time for mailing is March 8, 2019. Late orders for personalized announcements are possible, however, rush fees may apply for expedited service. Generic announcements may be purchased in the Campus Bookstore. Class ring information is available in the bookstore. Rings can be ordered any time throughout the year.

Additional information about your commencement regalia, announcements or class rings, including ordering instructions, may be found at the Herff-Jones website.