Ordering Regalia

If you ordered a cap and gown with the Auburn University Bookstore and R.M. Hendricks for the spring 2020 semester. Due to the situation involving COVID-19, Auburn University will ship regalia directly to students for the commencement ceremonies scheduled for August.

Please visit this link to enter the shipping address for your regalia. Note that regalia is expected to arrive to customers in late July, so please supply the address where packages can be received at that time.

If you do not plan to participate in the August 2020 ceremonies and do not need regalia, you can request a refund in one of two ways:

  • For orders placed at gradsupply.com/auburn, click here (link: https://gradsupply.com/au-refund/) to complete the refund request form.

  • For orders placed in-person at the Auburn University Bookstore, please email Resa Halsey athalsere@auburn.edu with your request for a refund along with an image of your receipt from your rental. If you have misplaced your receipt, include your student ID number in your email request.

If your response is not received by Friday, May 15, 2020, your regalia will be shipped to the address given on your diploma application.

Students who ordered regalia for the spring commencement and plan to attend the combined ceremony will have regalia for the August ceremonies and do not need to contact the Auburn University Bookstore. Any student who ordered regalia for the spring commencement and does not plan to attend the combined ceremony may request a refund. Deadline for requesting a refund or ordering regalia for summer commencement is Monday, July 6 at midnight.

Cap and Gown

A cap and gown are required to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Caps and gowns can be reserved through the Auburn University Bookstore at a cost of $50 for undergraduate students, $75 for master’s students, and $85 for doctoral students. Payment is required at the time of order. No refunds are given. Caps and gowns must be returned immediately following the commencement ceremony at the designated return area in the Auburn Arena.

Doctoral students might find this how-to video helpful when wearing doctoral hooding.


In addition to the black robe, men should wear dress pants (preferably dark) and dark shoes. No jeans, athletic shoes, or sandals. Women should wear a dress, top with skirt, or dark pants (no jeans).

Undergraduate students should place their tassel to the right of the mortar board (cap). You will be instructed to move it to the left side near the end of the ceremony.

Graduate students should wear the tassel on the left side of the mortar board (cap).

Students might find this how-to video helpful when wearing the tassel and mortar board.

Honor Cords

The university issues gold honor cords to any undergraduate students who are potentially eligible for Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude. Issuance of an honor cord does not confirm a final certification of graduate honors on your diploma or transcript. Official honor certification is finalized after the commencement ceremonies once the degree audit is complete. You can read more about graduation honors here.

Spring 2020 graduates received their honor cord in the graduation gift box, which was mailed out by the second week in May. Honor cord distribution for Summer 2020 graduating students will be determined soon. Honor cords are only issued directly to undergraduate students only with picture ID.

Last updated: May 22, 2020