Attire for Commencement

Commencement is a special occasion designed to honor and recognize the hard work and accomplishments of students and faculty members in the presence of family, friends, and the Davidson College community. Attire for graduates should be respectful of the ceremony's importance.

Per tradition at Davidson College, graduates wear a plain black cap and gown. The tassel on the cap begins on the right and caps should be parallel to the ground. Beneath the cap and gown, graduates should wear cool, comfortable dress clothes with practical dress shoes. Personal adornments or props are not in keeping with the spirit of the ceremony; however, graduates may wear cords and stoles from recognized Davidson College student organizations. If graduates have questions, please email well in advance of the Commencement ceremony.

If you are in need of a cap and gown, please order one via Jostens.

Deadline to order new cap and gown is: April 1, 2022

  • You will be able to pick up regalia at the line-up for the ceremony on May 22, 2022. Be on the lookout for more information coming this Spring.
  • These regalia are at no charge to you.

Official Photographer

GradImages is the official photographer for commencement. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone or by mail. If you pre-register with GradImages you will receive a 20% discount on your order. As soon as 72 hours after the ceremony, your free photo proofs will be delivered to you by mail, email, and/or text message.

You may purchase through the website,, or by calling the Customer Service Department at 800-261-2576. If you have any questions, please email GradImages at