Regalia (gown-hood-cap) must be worn to participate in our in-person Commencement ceremonies. You should order at least six weeks before the event for on-time delivery (additional time may be required for custom orders).
We recommend purchasing from Jostens. However, students may opt to purchase from any comparable vendor.
To view Josten's regalia packages and other related products:
Go to Jostens.com --> "Find My School."
Type "Frontier Nursing University - Versailles, KY" in the search bar and hit "Enter" for the FNU dashboard.
Click on "My School Store" for a dropdown menu of the entire line of products which should already be queued with FNU specifications.
To view standard (budget) regalia packages, click on "Graduation Caps & Gowns."
If you anticipate wearing regalia multiple times - such as those working in academia or other ongoing scenarios - you may wish to consider investing in one of the longer-lasting "Fine Quality Regalia."
NOTE: Choose "Nursing" in the field that asks for "major/curriculum." This will get you to the apricot-colored velvet hood trim that FNU graduates wear. If purchasing elsewhere, please make sure your hood is black with royal blue and white satin lining and apricot velvet trim.
Below are some informational PDF files that may be helpful:
- How to Choose FNU Regalia flow chart to help you decide which package to buy
- Regalia Measuring Guide
- Regalia Dressing Tip Sheet - how to wear your garments correctly
For additional information or assistance regarding Josten's complete line of products (caps, gowns, hoods, tassels, rings, etc.), please contact their Customer Service line at 800-854-7464.
DNP graduates purchasing a Fine Quality package:
- Refer to this PRODUCT BROCHURE for image samples of "Fine Quality" packages
- Download and complete the Fine Quality ORDER FORM or Custom FQ ORDER FORM (for customizing your Fine Quality package). Please send completed order forms: Chris.Adkins@Jostens.com.
What IS "Custom Fine Quality" regalia?
Available only for the doctoral Fine Quality packages listed above, Custom FQ packages come with embroidered FNU-specific detailing on the front panels of the gown. Here's a sample photo (courtesy of our own Dr. Cathy Cook).
ACADEMIC APPAREL AND TRADITIONS
The gown for the master's degree is black, without any additional decorative trim. It has an oblong sleeve, open at the wrist, with the sleeve base hanging loosely. The rear part of its oblong shape is square cut, and the front has an arc cutaway. The gown for the doctoral degree is also black and has bell-shaped sleeves. The material may vary from light to heavy. Three bars of velvet trim (black or FNU blue) adorn the upper sleeves, and optional velvet trim facings may line the front gown opening. In all cases, the hood is black and must be the same material as the gown.
Hoods are lined with the official color or colors of the university conferring the degree. The colors for Frontier Nursing University are blue and white. The length of the hood for the master's degree is three and one-half feet; for the doctor's degree, four feet. Only doctoral hoods shall have panels at the sides. The binding or edging of the hood is to be velvet or velveteen, three inches and five inches wide for the master's and doctor's degrees, respectively; the color should be indicative of the subject to which the degree pertains. The color associated with Nursing – the discipline for this university – is apricot. There can also be an additional satin chevron or lining in the university colors.*
* FNU's official blue shade is "Pantone #280" or "Hexidecimal #13377C" - for those not ordering through our recommended vendor partner Jostens.com.
In all cases, the cap is black and can be worn indoors and out – it is made of cotton poplin, broadcloth, rayon, or silk to match the gown; velvet is appropriate for doctoral degrees only. Master's level graduates wear mortarboards (square caps). Tams (5- or 6-sided caps) are worn by doctoral graduates. A long tassel is fastened to the midpoint of the top of the cap. The tassel should be black or university colors; doctoral graduates may also opt for a tassel of gold. The tassel is worn on the right until the degree is conferred. It is then moved to the left.
Beginning with those who complete their degree in Spring 2020 or later, these diplomas now measure 14x11 (a large sheet of paper with landscape orientation). See image:
FNU Alumni Association
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US Military Veterans
To order from Honors Graduation.com, click on the image below (avg. price with shipping = $10)
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
To order from Sigma Marketplace, click on the image below (avg. price with shipping = $34.00):