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Cap & Gown Care and Wearing Instructions

Congratulations from Oak Hall Cap and Gown! It’s an honor to be providing you with the appropriate academic regalia for one of the most important days of your life. Please wear with pride, using the below tips to help you look your best, or visit our YouTube page for detailed videos.

Caring For Your Gown
For the best appearance, the academic gown should be removed from the package immediately and placed on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out.  Hanging it in a high humidity area, such as the bathroom while you shower, will accelerate this process.  If you wish to press, turn inside out and press with a warm, NOT HOT, iron.  Steaming is also an option.

Contrary to what you may have heard, caps should not be worn on the back of the head…the mortarboard should be worn flat on the head. The front of the cap is indicated on the inside of the crown. Listen to the instructions given at your ceremony on whether or not the caps are to be removed during parts of the ceremony.

There is no general rule for the position of the tassel on the mortarboard, but they should all be worn on the same side. Many institutions have adopted the practice of wearing the tassels on the right side before the degrees are conferred and shifting to the left after all degrees are awarded. All Oak Hall regalia is proudly Made in The USA.

Instructions for Wearing Your Academic Hood:
Your Hood should be worn draped around your neck with the largest portion of the hood hanging down your back. The velvet border, which indicates your specific field of study, should be showing on the outside. The velvet should fold under on the lower back to allow the collors of your College or University to show. To keep your hood from being too tight against your neck, there is a cord on the front to help secure it to a shirt button, or pin to a blouse or dress. Master and Doctoral hoods also have a cord & button in the back to prevent your hood from slipping off of your shoulders.

Hood Wearing Instructions