Commencement at John Cabot University

Information for Graduates

Important Notice

John Cabot University has decided to postpone the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony and related events, originally scheduled for May 15 through 18, to a later date, amid safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Student Regalia Policy

There is no greater expression of community at John Cabot University than our Commencement Ceremony. Guidelines for appropriate attire at Commencement have been established in order to preserve the dignity and importance of the occasion and to show respect for the University, its graduates, their families, and special guests. The purpose of this policy is to set standards related to academic regalia and adornments worn at commencement ceremonies at the University.

Formal student academic regalia, consisting of academic gowns and mortarboards, is required in order to march at Commencement. Academic regalia must be worn throughout the Ceremony, and may only be removed during the reception that follows. Students may choose the attire they wish to wear underneath their regalia, but clothing and shoes are mandatory. 


Associate and Bachelor’s candidates

  • Traditional blue gown
  • Caps are traditional blue mortarboards and blue tassels
  • Stoles are white and blue with JCU logo 

Master’s candidates

  • Traditional blue gown
  • Caps are traditional blue mortarboards and gold tassels
  • Stoles are gold and blue with JCU logo 


  • Academic Honors Cords – gold
  • Leadership Cords – red
  • Service Cords – turquoise 

Medallions and pins

  • Athletics – approved Gladiator pins
  • Student  Clubs and organizations – approved JCU logo pins
  • *Other recognized student organizations or academic programs wishing to provide student members with organization or program recognition regalia adornments to be worn at Commencement must seek prior approval from the Office of the President.


Decorated mortarboards, sashes, or pins representing students’ individual identity are permitted, barring profanity, offensive language/symbols, slogans, or direct attacks or references to speakers or special guests.

Further Information
For more information regarding the graduation procedure check your MYJCU account or contact [email protected]