Graduation Regalia and Announcements
To order your regalia and announcements, visit the
Be sure to select "Yuma" from the drop-down menu to ensure the correct commencement date and location is printed on any ordered announcements. Selecting "Yuma" will not affect any information on your NAU diploma.
Academic Regalia Q & A:
Which side does my tassel go on?
Before graduating, the tassel should be on your right. After graduating, it should be moved to the left.
For doctoral and master's students, the tassel commonly begins and remains on the left.
How do I wear a Master’s or Ph.D. hood?
The hood should be placed over your head so that it drapes off your shoulders and over the back of your gown. The velvet border should be on the outside as shown in the pictures. Be sure the lining of the hood is turned out so that the color(s) identifying the institution which conferred your degree are prominently displayed. This can be done by turning the velvet trim to the out side at the back just below your shoulders. The cord on the back of your hood will keep your hood in place. The cord in the front of your hood is provided to keep the hood away from your neck, fasten the cord to a dress button or the gown zipper.
What are Honor cords?
Honor cords usually consist of twisted cords with tassels on either end. They are sometimes awarded for various academic achievements, or to members of honor societies. Often, cords come in pairs with a knot in the middle to hold them together. Sashes, stoles, or medallions are also awarded in place of cords. Unlike hoods, tassels and stoles, custom allows more than one cord to be worn at the same time.