Cap & Gown, Announcements, and Graduation Accessories

During the commencement ceremony, graduates may wear Rockhurst-issued 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.  Academic Honors are ordered for, and distributed to, students by the organization governing the honor.

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 (such as Hawk Walk).

Cap Decorations are permitted if tastefully done; inappropriate caps will be removed and replaced with blank caps prior to the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Regalia (Cap & Gown): Online Regalia Orders closed March 6, 2020  

  • ORDER your cap & gown online January 23 through Friday, March 6, 2020 through the Herff-Jones website 
    • Caps, gowns and hoods must be ordered online at the Herff Jones website ( no later than March 6, 2020. 
    • Login to the online order website using your full Hawks email address plus the last four digits of your Rockhurst Student ID number (example: SmithJ@hawks.rockhurst.edu1234)
    • The cost of your cap, gown, tassel and hood (if applicable) are included in your graduation application fee and should not require additional payment when you order online (unless you order additional items or packages including announcements, class rings, and other memorabilia <see next section below>)
    • NEW! SHIPPING OPTION:  You may elect to have your regalia shipped to you (instead of picking it up on campus) for an additional fee when you place your order.
    • Measurements:  Caps are one-size; you will need your current height and weight to place your gown order. 
    • Please order and pick up your regalia regardless of whether you plan to participate in the Commencement activities; you've already paid for your cap and gown and you (or your loved ones) may change your mind about attending graduation closer to the ceremony. 
    • Your cap, gown, tassel and hood are yours to keep and are not returned to the university after graduation.  
  • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and campus closures, Herff Jones will be mailing all student regalia directly from the factory to Rockhurst graduating students. 
    • We will send your regalia to the address you entered as your updated shipping address in the Graduation Survey sent to all graduating students on April 8.
    • If you did not respond to the Graduation Survey, your regalia will be shipped to the "Diploma Mailing Address" you entered in your graduation application.
    • We will send an email when the factory notifies us that regalia has shipped.
  • Herff Jones Email Regarding Cancelation of Cap and Gown Order was sent in error; there will be no cap and gown order cancelations, and no resulting refunds.  All students will receive their regalia as originally ordered.
  • Wearing your Regalia
    • Place your gown on a hanger a few days in advance of Graduation to remove the packing wrinkles.
    • Caps are worn with the tassel on your RIGHT side until your degree is conferred in the Commencement ceremony; all graduates will move their tassel to the left at the same time during the commencement ceremony.


Personalized Graduation Announcements (ordered through Herff-Jones website):

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 6, 2020. 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.

ERRATA CARDS - Herff Jones is creating errata cards with the rescheduled Commencement dates, which you will be able to download and print.  We will also create similar digital information you can email to your friends and family.  We will send the link to your Hawks email address as soon as the errata cards are available for download/print.

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