The academic dress for recipients of law degrees consists of a black gown with purple velvet on the front (signifying the law degree), a black tam, a purple tassel, and a hood. The hood is a type of elongated scarf worn over the shoulders. The border is purple velvet—again, to signify the law degree—and the lining is blue and white satin, representing Duke University.
How to Order - Spring 2014
Regalia for all graduating students, including JD, International LLM, and LLMLE students may be ordered online at
- All graduating students (JD, International LLM, LLM-LE) will wear rental apparel. The rental fee is $60, plus tax, which includes the gown, tam, tassel, and hood
- Please make sure you choose "doctoral" apparel and mark 'yes' for both the hood and tam.
- All students must place their regalia orders by deadline March 21. You must fill out this online form even if you will not attend graduation. There is a place to indicate you will not be attending and no apparel will be ordered for you.
- You will also need to provide your height, in feet and inches, when making your order. Tams are one size fits all.
Pick Up & Payment
- All students may pick up their regalia at the Duke University Store in the Bryan Center beginning Monday, April 28 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 10.
- If you are unable to pick up your apparel at the designated time, you can arrange for someone to do so for you, but they must have your payment and sizes to be certain the apparel is correct. Please do not call the Office of the University Marshal or the University Store to request special arrangements for apparel.
- You will pay the rental charge or the purchase price when you pick up the regalia. However, the packet you receive from the Bryan Center does not contain the hood; it contains a gown, mortarboard (tam, if applicable) and tassel. You will receive your hood at the Hooding Ceremony.
- If you purchase your hood, you will pick up your purchased hood with your regalia.
- All students must keep the yellow receipt! You will need this when you turn in your regalia.
- If you will be purchasing your hood, you must bring your purchased hood with you to the Hooding ceremony if you want to be hooded with your purchased hood. You may NOT keep the rental hood if you are hooded with the rental hood.
If you have any questions about purchasing regalia, please contact Patti Silver, University Bookstore, 919-684-2344.
- Underneath the gown: Business casual dress is recommended. Men should wear shirts and ties. Be careful with your choice of shoes! You have to walk up and down stairs at Cameron when you line up, to get on stage at the Hooding Ceremony and there are stadium stairs at the University Graduation Exercises.
- Tam: The tam should be worn flat (with the square parallel to the ground) so that the tassel can fall straight down the side of the face. (See picture with mortarboard example.) The tassel should be worn to the right side before you receive your degree, after which time it can be moved to the left. (Degrees are not officially conferred until the University Graduation Exercises.)
- Hood: The hood will be placed on you at the Hooding Ceremony. When you wear it again for the University Graduation Exercises, the hood is put on over the head with the tapered end in front and the velvet side up. The string loop may be fastened to a shirt/blouse button to eliminate the velvet from rubbing uncomfortably on the neck, and to keep the hood from sliding off of the shoulders. Turn the lining colors out in the back of the hood. The back of the hood has a cord and button to prevent the hood from slipping off the shoulders.
- If you’re receiving a second, non-law degree (e.g. MD, PhD, MBA): It is improper to wear two hoods at the same time. At the Hooding Ceremony, you should wear your law gown and tassel. If you so choose, you may drape the hood for your other degree over your left arm. For the University Graduation Exercises, you should wear the full academic apparel (gown, hood, and tassel) of the degree with which you choose to sit. You may drape the hood for the other degree over your left arm and stand a second time when that degree is called during the ceremony.
- Rented regalia and hoods must be returned on Sunday, May 11 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to the regalia/hood return table in the Blue Lounge. Bring your yellow receipt. If you leave your regalia lying somewhere in the building, you will be charged for the purchase price.
- If you do not return your regalia to the Law School on May 11, you must return it directly to the Duke Store in the Bryan Center.
- You may keep your tassel.
- The gowns, caps and hoods worn during Graduation are rented and must be returned. However, if you’d like to purchase any piece of the graduation regalia to keep, contact the Duke University Store to order unused items.The cost to purchase a hood is $161; a tam, $77; a doctoral gown, $551. To purchase any or all pieces, please contact Patti Silver in the Duke Bookstore at (919) 684-0060.