Closeup photo of an Emory patch and cord on a graduation gown

Instructions for Degree Candidates

We recommend that you return to this site frequently for event updates as details are subject to change. Visit your school-specific commencement site for even more details.

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To be considered a prospective graduate, all requirements for graduation must be met. Students who are unsure whether they have fulfilled all requirements for graduation should contact the academic dean in their school as soon as possible.

Do I need to fill out a degree application in order to graduate?

Yes. Contact the Registrar’s Office or your school coordinator for applicable forms and due dates.

Registrar's Office

The Registrar's Office website contains information about filing for degrees, verifying personal information, final examination schedules, privacy rights (F.E.R.P.A.), and transcripts. Visit the site for answers to frequently asked questions.

What do I need to do in order for my name to appear in the Commencement program?  

If you have ever placed a F.E.R.P.A. (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) privacy hold on your records, the hold must be removed in order for your name to be listed in the program. Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.

All graduates will need to register via MarchingOrder. This is also where graduates are able to register their two guests. They will receive an email from via MarchingOrder with a unique link when registration for their ceremony opens. Each ceremony has their own guidelines and deadlines, so please read those emails thoroughly.

Registration is now closed. Please reach out to your school if you have questions about participating in your school's ceremony. Class of 2020 please email with questions regarding late registration.

Students can purchase their custom Emory regalia from Barnes & Noble @ Emory University at the Oak Hall website or in the bookstore. Below you will find 2021 prices for the regalia graduates will wear at Emory’s Commencement ceremonies.

All regalia purchases and rental requests must be made by March 12, 2021 (contact the Bookstore for more information). 

Students who are off-campus during the spring semester can order online or contact the Bookstore (404-727-2731 or email Heather La Fleur at

All Emory student regalia is custom-made and the vendor requires 6 weeks to produce the regalia. The Bookstore stocks and continues to sell bachelors and masters regalia up until graduation, though students should not wait to purchase their attire. Sizes will become limited and even unavailable as Commencement approaches if not ordered in time.

Honor Cords are obtained through the specific school or organization that is bestowing the honors. Honor Cords are not available in the Bookstore.

At Emory, Bachelors wear cap, gown and tassel and Masters wear cap, gown, hood, and tassel. All gowns are black except Emory’s custom PhD robes which are Emory blue and gold.  All hoods and professional or PhD robes feature the color of the discipline traditionally designated for the degree the student earned. Students who earn dual degrees should wear the discipline color for the ceremony in which they will participate. When students purchase regalia, they should be sure of and specify exactly which degree they are earning.

Colors traditionally designated for earned degrees are:

  • Arts: white
  • Business: drab
  • Medicine: green
  • Music: pink
  • Nursing: apricot
  • Science: gold
  • Public Health: salmon
  • Theology: red
  • PhD: dark blue
  • Law: purple

Pricing for 2021

  • Bachelor (hat, gown, and Emory black tassel): $67.98
  • Master (hat, gown, hood, and Emory black tassel): $117.98
  • ThD/DMin Candidates Rental (gown, hood, tam & tassel): $210
  • ThD/DMin Candidates Purchase (gown, hood & tam): $887 (purchase here)
  • JD/SJD/LLM Candidates Rental (gown, hood, tam & tassel): $191.50
  • MD, DPT, DNP Candidates Purchase (gown, hood, tam & tassel): $217.98
  • PhD Candidates Rental (gown, tam & tassel): $167.50
  • PhD Candidate Purchase: $744 (purchase here)

Emory is pleased to announce that bachelor and masters gowns are made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. These gowns have a smooth finish and are softer to the touch than traditional polyester. Recycling bins will be available at Commencement for those wishing to further aid in the sustainability effort.

Regalia Items Available Separately for Purchase

  • Master cap, gown, and tassel (no hood): $70.98
  • Master hood: $46.98
  • MD Doctoral hood: $66.98
  • MD Doctoral gown: $84.98
  • Tams: $66.98
  • Cap only: $8.98
  • Tassel only: $10.98

Need further information or assistance? Contact Heather La Fleur with Barnes & Noble @ Emory University at or 404-727-2731.


The official Emory Commencement announcement is available only from Jostens

Students or parents can order personalized Commencement announcements printed with the student's name, degree, and academic major and embossed with the University seal.  A representative for Emory personalized graduation announcements is on hand during Grad Fair (see below).  Announcements are not available at the bookstore after Grad Fair but can be purchased at the Jostens website.

Jostens suggests that announcements be ordered at least 6 weeks in advance of graduation date. This covers a 2-3 week creation time for the order, and a suggested 3 week window of delivery to family and friends.

Class Rings

Students may visit the Emory Bookstore to see a display of Emory Class Rings.

Diploma Frames

The Bookstore carries Framing Success and Church Hill diploma frames in several different styles year-round.  Both frame vendors are custom sized to fit your Emory diploma.  Framing Success uses museum quality preservation mat board to protect your diploma from damaging pollutants and harmful contaminants.  Framing Success also uses eco-friendly, certified wood from well-managed forests.

Ads in the Emory Wheel Graduation Magazine

This page contains information about and instructions for placing ads in the 2021 Graduation Magazine intended for family, friends, and Emory organizations/departments who are interested in recognizing seniors.


Some schools utilize contract photography services that provide proofs (hard copy or digital) for purchase of each student receiving his or her diploma. Contact your specific school for more information.