AU uses a traditional graduation hood in place of a graduation cap.
In medieval times, the hood was one part of a garment worn by scholars to cover their shoulders or head to protect them from inclement weather. Today, the hood is worn down the back and is kept in place by a neckband that is placed over a graduate's head to rest on the shoulders. Click here to view the hoods.
Due to the recommendations surrounding COVID-19, convocation hoods will not be available to borrow this year.
There are no hoods for diploma or certificate grads. A plain black standard graduation gown with cap and tassel will be the official regalia.
Graduation hoods cost $100 including GST.
- Hood order form (pdf).
If you are located in the Edmonton, Alberta area, Athabasca University has teamed up with New Light photography for graduation 2020 photos. New Light will have your appropriate Athabasca University regalia available for use for photos. Please visit their website.
AU Convocation team is looking at options for our graduands outside of the Edmonton area. We will provide additional information once confirmed.
Rings, Frames, and AU Merchandise
Parchment frames, rings, clothing, gifts and other AU merchandise can all be found at the AU Store.