History of the CAP & GOWN

Originating at Oxford in England in the 12th & 13th Century, the cap and gown were worn to express the person’s academic endeavors. It also served as an extra garment to keep warm in the cold halls of medieval universities.


Start with the tassel on the right side of the cap and turn it to the left after you receive your diploma.

Yes, tassels and most year dates are available for the past 20 years.

A stole is a contoured fabric piece worn hung around your neck over your gown. It can be used to honor class officers, top achievers such as valedictorian or just as a formal finishing touch to your cap and gown. Stoles can also be decorated with a class of design.

In order to ensure true match of materials, our caps and gowns are sold only in a complete unit of cap, gown, and tassel.

Jostens gowns have an 8-1/2 inch floor clearance. The required measurements are detailed here to assist you in obtaining accurate measurements:

  1. Height: Record total height from the top of the head to the floor while not wearing shoes.
  2. Weight: List approximate weight in street clothes.

Our Kinderkraft®, Academic and BDG gowns are made from a lightweight and breathable polyester fabric.

The gowns in our exclusive Elements Collection® are made with sustainably produced, biodegradable fabric — we even use biodegradable and recycled materials to create the zippers and thread. In the right conditions, this gown fabric will biodegrade in under a year.

The gowns in our Evolution Collection are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, and our rentable Revive gowns are always made from recycled materials.

We want you to feel good on Graduation Day, and are committed to making the world a better place for the next generations.

Upon receipt of your graduation gown, promptly remove it from the packaging and hang it up. To remove wrinkles, you may choose to press with a cool iron, use a steamer or hang gown in a steamy room.

Cords are two braided ropes to be worn over your cap and gown. If your class is also using stoles, the cord goes on top of the stole. Cords can be used for: Officers, Honor Students, First graduates within a family, community service and more.

The graduation cap is to be worn flat on your head, not tilted to the back. Point should be directly in front.

Manufacturing & Delivery

Typical production time for Caps, Gowns & Regalia is 3 weeks. Delivery for orders placed at school may vary based on programs chosen by your school. Standard shipping rates vary.

In-School Orders

If you ordered at school, you will need to contact your school or your Jostens Representative to find out when and where your order will be delivered.

Phone Orders

If you ordered by phone, please allow 3-10 additional business days for standard shipping or 1-2 additional business days for express shipping.

If you have not recieved your order in within the anticipated delivery time, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

Changes & Cancellations

If you would like to cancel or change your order, please contact your local Jostens Representative for assistance within 24 hours to request changes to your order.

Please Note: Cancellations must be received within 24 hours.

If any of your products have arrived damaged or defective, please contact us or your Jostens representative and we will assist you in getting your products replaced.

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