Regalia

Graduates and Faculty participating in commencement exercises are required to wear academic regalia. If you are in need of regalia for commencement 2019 please contact Chelsea Herlein, Director of Events, by emailing cherlein@kettering.edu with your height and program of study. After the request has been reviewed, you can purchase and pickup the regalia in the C-Store from June 10-14.

Once received, we recommend immediately opening the package to hang your gown (and hood if applicable). This step will help to remove all wrinkles. Gowns may be steamed but cannot be pressed as it will damage the gown.

Graduates and Faculty please note that regalia will not be available onsite at Commencement.

Commencement is a milestone in your life and we welcome students to decorate their cap as they celebrate their hard work and dedication. Please take the following information into consideration as caps are decorated.

  • Only the flat, top portion of the mortarboard may be decorated. Nothing else should be decorated on the sides of the cap or on your academic gown.
  • Decoration should not make noise. No bells, horns, etc.
  • Avoid obscenities, profanity, vulgar or lewd remarks
  • Elements of your design should lay as flat as possible to avoid obstructed views.

Below are the colors to be ordered for your individual degree and major.

Undergraduate

  • Applied Biology - Yellow
  • Applied Mathematics - Yellow
  • Applied Physics - Yellow
  • Biochemistry - Yellow
  • Business Administration - Drab
  • Chemical Engineering - Orange
  • Chemistry - Yellow
  • Computer Engineering - Orange
  • Computer Science - Yellow 
  • Electical Engineering - Orange
  • Engineering Physics - Orange
  • Industrial Engineering - Orange
  • Mechanical Engineering - Orange

Graduate

  • Business Administration - Drab
  • Engineering -Orange
  • Engineering Management -Drab
  • Lean Manufacturing - Drab
  • Operations Management -Drab

Honor Cords

Undergraduate student honor cords for Cum Laude (3.5 or higher) and Magna Cum Laude (3.7 or higher) will be handed out at the check in table prior to the commencement ceremony.  Summa Cum Laude (3.9 and higher) medals are distributed at a special ceremony prior to commencement.

Military honor cords will be handed out at the check in table prior to the commencement ceremony.

How to Wear Your Regalia

Cap and Gown

Your gown must be hooked at the collar and should remain hooked for the duration of wear. The cap (mortarboard) should we worn with the point in the front, approximately 1 inch about the eyebrows. The mortarboard should be level on your head with the tassel worn over the right temple.

Hoods (Graduate Students)  

The cap (mortarboard) should we worn with the point in the front, approximately 1 inch about the eyebrows. The mortarboard should be level on your head with the tassel worn over the left temple.

Graduate students should not wear their hood prior to the processional as hooding is incorporated in the commencement ceremony. Graduate students will carry their hood over their arm as they approach the stage.

Other Apparel

Shoes and other articles of visible apparel worn should be of dark colors that harmonize with academic dress. Nothing else should be worn on the academic gown.