Do I have to wear a gown to cross the stage?

Those graduating must wear an academic gown (black for undergraduate and master’s degrees; purple for doctoral graduates). Exceptions to this are Indigenous students who may opt to wear traditional regalia, active military personnel who may opt to wear their dress uniform and clergy/members of religious orders who may opt to wear their religious apparel. All graduates will have the appropriate degree hood placed on their shoulders while on stage as a symbol of completion of their degree. Hoods are not required for candidates from diploma and certificate programs, but it is permissible for them to wear hoods from previously earned degrees.