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Caps and Gowns

Saint Louis University's caps and gowns are keepsakes and made of a high-quality material. All undergraduate gowns are purchased, not rented, eliminating the need for separate measuring and pick-up dates and the inconvenience of returns after the commencement ceremony.

Order Your Cap and Gown 

For Ph.D. and Ed.D. students, order information will be emailed to your SLU email address directly from the Saint Louis University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Orders can be placed online or during the Grad Fair located in the Saint Louis University Bookstore in the Busch Student Center. 

Graduation Fair

During the grad fair, students will be able to:

  • Pay for and pick up cap and gowns ordered online
  • Order class rings with Balfour
  • Order announcements
  • Purchase diploma frames
  • Visit with Alumni Relations and other departments

In addition, representatives are available to assist you with other graduation-related merchandise.  

If you are unable to attend the graduation fair, please call 314-531-7925 or email

Graduation Announcements

Custom personalized announcements may be purchased any time online at or by calling toll-free 800-433-0296.

Saint Louis University Class Rings

Class rings are a timeless symbol of your achievements at Saint Louis University. Balfour rings are available in the bookstore at all times, online at Balfour or during the Graduation Fair. You can also order by phone at 877-BALFOUR.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames are available in the bookstore year-round.

Honors Cords, Tassels and More

Honors recognition items (cords, tassels, stoles, etc.) are given out by some academic programs, honor societies and student organizations. Contact your academic department or student organizations for more information and to see if you qualify.

Commencement Adornment Policy

In recognition of the degree or certificate being granted, as well as the service component of a graduate's Jesuit education that supports it, the following adornments are allowed during a commencement ceremony:

  • Medals, pins, honor cords and stoles conferred by SLU (the institution as a whole).
  • Medals, pins, honor cords and stoles conferred by a recognized SLU organization, or by a SLU school, college or center.
  • A stole or cord issued or supported by the University's Office of International Services.
  • A red, white and blue cord worn by active military and veterans.
  • Adornments to the top of the mortarboard; however, these are limited to adornments that represent the degree being granted. Three dimensional adornments on the mortarboard are not permitted.
  • All graduates, irrespective of program or degree, are required to wear the traditional cap and gown appropriate to the degree being conferred. The wearing of the hood, when appropriate, is optional but highly recommended.