Commencement at John Cabot University

Information for Graduates

Commencement 2021

On May 17 at 6 pm CET, John Cabot University is planning to hold a hybrid Commencement to mark the conclusion of the academic year and to honor the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Graduates have been given the choice of attending the event in person or remotely. The in-person element of the event is subject to last-minute changes/cancellation, in accordance with Italian government guidelines and weather conditions.

Only members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 may attend Commencement in person. Families and friends will have the opportunity to follow remotely.

Student Regalia Policy

There is no greater expression of community at John Cabot University than Commencement. 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.

Formal student academic regalia, consisting of academic gowns and mortarboards, is required in order to march at Commencement and must be worn throughout the event. 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 graduation procedures, please check your JCU email or contact [email protected]"