GSS 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. 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 regalia.

While the goal is to cover the cost of renting regalia for doctoral students (robe, tam, and hood) and to cover the cost of purchasing regalia for master's students, the total amount of funding is dependent on the total allocation of GSS's budget for the award, the total amount of applicants, and the awarding decisions of the Funding for Professional Development Committee.

Students who apply for the award must purchase their regalia through Falcon Outfitters and not through Jostens; Jostens is not able to accept the Regalia Award. Additionally, doctoral students may apply the award amount to purchasing their regalia instead of renting.


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. Graduation application deadline for Spring 2024 is Friday, February 2, 2024.

All recipients must be in good standing with BGSU and the applicant's department must be in good standing with GSS. Individuals belonging to censured departments will not be eligible to receive professional funding or awards from GSS.

Application Process:

The Spring 2024 Regalia Award application will open Monday, January 1, 2024. Please submit your regalia award application form on the Graduate Student Senate Canvas Page by Monday, February 5, 2024 at 11:59 pm and write a short essay that specifically describes the 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.

You will receive an email from Lori Naugle in Falcon Outfitters. Within this email, there will be instructions regarding how to order graduation regalia. You will want to request regalia by the deadline set within the email. Payment will not be due until approximately two weeks prior to graduation.

If you do not have access to the Canvas page but believe you should, please contact prior to the deadline. Submissions will only be accepted on Canvas.  

Selection and Presentation:

The primary decision making authority for selection of this award will be the Funding for Professional Development Committee and 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.


Please contact GSS Vice President, Christopher W. Chandler ( with any questions/concerns.

Updated: 12/21/2023 03:33PM