Doctoral Students

Grad Fest

Southern Miss wants degree candidates to enjoy this milestone for years to come. Barnes & Noble @ Southern Miss will host Grad Fest for fall degree candidates to have the convenience of taking care of all of their graduation needs at one time and place. Students may reserve your seat, order regalia, invitations, class rings, and visit with other campus representatives. While this event is not mandatory, students are encouraged to come enjoy Grad Fest on the following dates:

Hattiesburg Campus (Barnes & Noble)

March 5, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and March 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

USM Gulf Coast Campus (Barnes & Noble)

March 7, 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

*Orders must be picked up from the campus where the order is placed


Doctoral students should not rent or buy a hood.  The cost of the hood is included in your doctoral graduation fees. The Graduate School will provide you with your hood at Commencement check-in on the day of Commencement. Your hood is yours to keep.

Cap & Gown Rental

Caps and gowns may be ordered from Barnes & Noble at Southern Miss during regular business hours, during Grad Fest for spring 2018 Commencement, or online at through April 14, 2018. A late fee will be charged on all orders placed March 24, 2018 - April 14, 2018.

Hattiesburg Campus Orders       601.266.4381

Gulf Park Campus Orders            228-214-3479

*Orders must be picked up from the campus where the order is placed

**You do not need to order a hood as a Doctoral Candidate.  The Graduate School will provide your hood.


Cap & Gown Purchase


Oak Hall (Vendor used by Southern Miss)



R.M. Hendrick



You may choose any other vendor, as long as your gown is in accordance with USM standards - black doctoral with black velvet stripes OR black doctoral with color velvet stripes to match your hood.  (Hood is provided by the Graduate School.)


USM Custom Regalia can only be ordered from Oak Hall and may be worn during the Commencement Ceremony if purchased.



Classic Regalia or Deluxe Regalia may be ordered from any vendor you choose.




Below is a quick reference for information on the color of your velvet stripes if you choose the Deluxe Regalia.


Navy Blue






Light Blue


Rhodes Blue