The Dallas College Cap and Gown may be ordered through Follett and Jostens. See FAQs on requirements for cap decorations.
All stoles, cords and pins must be from a recognized Dallas College organization. Multiple cords and pins are acceptable. Students may pick one of the following approved stoles to wear: Dallas College, PTK, Honors, ECHS or the P-TECH stole. Graduates should choose the stole that best represents their time at Dallas College. While other stoles are not approved, cords or pins may be worn from any Dallas College student organization. The medallion is not an approved graduation wearable.
Dallas College stoles will be available for purchase for $24 while supplies last. Students can purchase them at a Dallas College campus bookstore starting June 1.
A limited number of stoles will be also available for purchase at the graduation ceremonies on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchasing a Dallas College stole is optional and not a required part of a student's graduation regalia.
Other Suggested Attire
- Sleeveless dresses, dress pants or khakis, dress shirt with tie, suits (dress, skirt, pants)
- Dark dress shoes, including flats, loafers, low dress heels
Tips and Reminders
- Mortarboards (caps) are worn parallel to the floor with the tassel on the right, decorations are allowed.
- Keys, wallets and cell phones must be carried in a pocket underneath the gown, not held in the hand.
- Cap and gown should be removed from the plastic bag at least 48 hours prior to the ceremony to allow folds produced as a result of packaging to relax.
The only item you will be carrying in your hands will be your name card!
Since you will not be allowed to carry any of your personal items into the graduation ceremony (for example, purses, cameras, cell phones, etc.), you will need to leave these belongings at home, with your family or friends, or in the trunk of your car.
Remember, flowers are not allowed on stage or in the audience. Wear clothing that will allow your essential valuables, such as your car keys, to be placed in your pockets under your gown.
Cap and Gown Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Dallas College cap and gown look like?
The Dallas College cap and gown are royal blue. The tassel is red and white.
Where do I purchase my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns can be ordered online through Jostens and are mailed to graduates. Upon submission of a RSVP, graduates will be emailed information on how to place an order.
How should my cap be worn?
The cap is worn so the mortarboard is level and parallel to the ceiling. It should not be tipped to the back or to the side of the head. The crown should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows and rest approximately one to one and one-half inches above each ear. The point will be close to the middle of your forehead. This also helps insure the mortarboard is level.
How do I tell the front from the back of the cap?
The front of the cap is indicated on the inside of your cap. Place the cap on your head as instructed above.
Should the cap be removed anytime during the graduation ceremony?
The cap is an essential part of the academic dress and remains on the head throughout the graduation ceremony.
May I decorate my cap?
Graduates may decorate their caps if they would like. Such decorations should be in good taste, be a positive representation of Dallas College and our academic programs and be family-friendly (since graduation is a family event). Decorations should be limited to the top of the graduation cap. Graduates with decorations that do not meet these guidelines may be asked to remove their decorations prior to the ceremony.
How do I wear the tassel?
Tassels are worn forward on the right front side. When the cap is in the correct position on the head, the tassel will hang off the right front cap edge. Tassels must never hang off the back of the cap. All graduates wear the tassel on the same side. During the ceremony the graduates will be instructed to move their tassels to the left to signify the conferring of the degree/certificate.
How do I take care of my gown?
The gown should NOT be put in a hot dryer or ironed!
Place your robe on a hanger immediately. You may want to place your robe in the bathroom while showering; the steam will assist in removing the wrinkles.
What should I wear underneath the gown?
You should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing underneath the gown. Your clothes should have at least one pocket to carry essential valuables.
Which stole should I wear to the graduation ceremony?
Stoles are not required for the ceremony. Graduates should choose the stole that best represents their time at Dallas College. Students may pick one of the following approved stoles to wear: Dallas College, PTK, Honors, ECHS or the P-TECH stole.