Cap and Gown Information

Cap and Gown Information

The Law School's convocation is a "cowling" ceremony, an academic tradition that dates back to the 13th century. The cowl not only designates the degree earned but also the institution conferring it and the field of study. The academic colors of the university - which are not always the same as the institution's colors - are in the lining, and the trim represents the field of study. Thus, your cowl will be lined in purple and gold, Northwestern's academic colors, and trimmed in purple velvet, representing law.

Caps gowns and cowls will be available for rental from Oak Hill. Orders are submitted online at The cap is one size fits all you will only have to provide your height.

It's as Easy as 1-2-3
One, order online at Two, read the instructions carefully. Three, submit your order online, and you are done.

Scheduled Pick-Up
Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up on Monday, May 11th from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12th and Wednesday, May 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Lowden Hall.

If you cannot be present, please make arrangements for someone to pick up your cap and gown, as this will be the only time a Oak Hall representative will be available to distribute them.

It's a Fact
Caps and gowns will NOT be available for pick-up on the day of graduation.

Return all Caps & Gowns May 15th after the Ceremony to Getz Courtroom MC 175.

Visiting Away Students
Please place your order online at You will also need to make arrangements to have someone pick up your cap and gown during the scheduled pick-up dates. Please email Ernest Perez at or call (312) 503-1606 and provide him the name of the person that will pick up your cap, gown.

Please address any questions regarding cap and gown rental to Ernest Perez at or call (312) 503-1606.