Regalia

All students participating in commencement must order American University academic regalia. Regalia is specifically designed for AU in the university's distinctive red, white, and blue colors. This regalia includes a cap and gown as well as a hood for masters' and doctoral degree recipients. The regalia order serves as a student's registration to participate in commencement.

Before Placing Your Order

Confirm that you are eligible to participate in commencement and have applied to graduate before ordering your regalia. Late applications will delay the student's ability to order regalia and may result in the student's name being omitted from the commencement program and other materials.

Students who are active duty, joining the Armed Forces, or authorized to wear military uniforms may wear formal dress uniforms in lieu of regalia, must complete Armed Forces form in order to qualify for commencement ceremony tickets and parking passes. 

Purchasing DOCTORAL Regalia

Doctoral degree recipients going into university teaching positions and those who might need regalia for ceremonial occasions, may opt to purchase regalia, which ranges from $400 to $800. The price depends upon the type of fabric and trim chosen. See purchase deadlines below. Please contact 
commencement@american.edu to request the order form if you plan to purchase regalia. Students must be made eligible to graduate by their academic advisors prior to purchasing. 

Your Cap And Gown

Cap and gown orders are placed beginning in mid-October for fall graduates and mid-March for spring graduates. Check this website for updates on ordering information.

Armed Services Dress Uniforms

Students who are active duty, joining the Armed Forces, or authorized to wear military uniforms may wear formal dress uniforms in lieu of regalia, but must complete Armed Forces form to register.

Armed Forces Form

Placing Your Order & Getting Help

  • Use Firefox or Internet Explorer on a laptop or desktop to place your order. Mobile ordering is not available.

  • If your name or degree information are listed incorrectly, contact the Registrar's Office Degree Clearance Team.

  • If the link to order is visible, but you cannot click on it in MyAU, contact the OIT Help Desk.

Fall 2019

  • Doctoral Regalia Purchase Deadline: Paper form due by October 14
  • Regalia Order Deadline: Online by November 11
  • Late Ordering (subject to availability): Online by 5 p.m. on November 29. Or walk-up at regalia distribution on December 13-14.

Spring 2020

  • Doctoral Regalia Purchase Deadline: Paper form due by March 6
  • Regalia Order Deadline: Online by April 10
  • Late Ordering (subject to availability): Online by 5 p.m. on April 27. Or walk-up at regalia distribution on May 6-8.

Regalia Distribution

Regalia distribution will take place at the same time and location as ticket and parking pass distribution.

Fall 2019

Regalia Distribution Dates

Cap and gown distribution will take place in Bridge Cafe during the following times:

  • Friday, December 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring 2020

Regalia Distribution Dates

Cap and gown distribution will take place in the Tavern, Mary Graydon, first floor during the following times:

  • Wednesday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last Minute Cap & Gown Pick-Up in the Bridge Cafe, Butler Pavilion, second floor:

  • Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Latin Honors or University Honors

Undergraduate students who are projected to graduate with Latin Honors or University Honors will receive a gold cord with their rental regalia, signifying academic achievement, to wear during the commencement ceremony. Representatives from the Registrar’s Office will hand out the cords at a table at cap and gown distribution. Master's and doctoral degree recipients are not eligible to receive Latin Honors.