Do I have to wear a cap and gown?
It is part of the tradition to wear both. However, if you prefer to wear your own traditional costume, it is fine as well. Some students choose to wear the cap only. We suggest that you iron your gown (on low heat) or hang it up for a few days before wearing to remove the folds that result from the packaging.
Where do I pick up my cap and gown?
You can pick up your caps and gowns at reception at least one week prior to the Commencement Ceremony. You can pay with a Dutch bankcard only; foreign banks, credit cards and cash are not accepted. If you do not have a Dutch bankcard, give the money to a friend who does and ask him/her to pay for yours at the reception desk. You will receive an email with more specific information well before you have to pick up your cap and gown.
Why the cap? And what if it doesn’t fit?
The cap is a necessary part of the celebration as there comes a point during the ceremony, after the conferring of the degrees, when the students simultaneously throw their caps high in the air. This is also a ‘photo-op’ moment for our photographer and our guests.