Regalia Award

About the Award

It is a significant commitment of resources for graduate students at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to attend their commencement ceremony. In order to encourage more graduate students to walk in a BGSU commencement ceremony (May, August, or December), the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) created the GSS Regalia Award to support graduate students who may need help covering the cost of renting regalia (for Doctoral students) or purchasing regalia (for Master’s students).


To be eligible for the award, the applicant must (1) be currently enrolled in a recognized BGSU graduate degree program and (2) have a graduation application on file with the Graduate College. All recipients must be in good standing with BGSU and the applicant's department must be in good standing with (GSS).

Application Process

Please fill out the application form and write a one page letter that specifically describes reasons why you are in need of assistance in covering the cost of renting/purchasing regalia and why your attendance at the graduation ceremony is important to you.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2018 Commencement -  Applications Due by Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Spring 2019 Commencement - Applications Due by Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Summer 2019 Commencement - Applications Due by Monday, June 10, 2019

Materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on each of the above deadlines. The application is located under "Modules" on the GSS Canvas page. Late applications will not be considered. When the application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email.

Selection and Presentation

A selection committee will be composed of three graduate students appointed by the GSS vice president, to include at least one Master’s student, one PhD student, and all three students will be from different colleges. The committee will review all application materials received by the deadline and will determine the recipients.

The recipients will be notified of the award by email. The award can be redeemed directly through Falcon Outfitters for Doctoral regalia rental or Master’s regalia purchase.  

Spring 2019 Regalia Award Applications

(Due February 25, 2019):

Apply here