Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 20-21, 2017

Cap & Gown Information for Faculty

Academic regalia is required for the following ceremonies:

Questions regarding regalia? Call or email the University Store.

Phone: 412-268-1032
Email: University Store

Order Process

  • The deadline to order faculty regalia was April 14. After April 14 and through May 5, late orders can be submitted by contacting the University Store. A $20 late charge will apply.
  • No orders will be accepted after May 5.

Rental Fees & Replacement Costs

Determined by the highest degree earned

With the exception of members of the Platform Group, regalia rental fees are charged to the academic department and an Oracle string must be provided when ordering. If the rented items are not returned by June 2, the supplied Oracle string will be charged all associated replacement costs and rental fees. No exceptions will be made.

Item Rental Fee Replacement Cost
Bachelor's cap and gown $29.99 $135
Bachelor's hood $29.99 $110
Bachelor's cap only $7.99 $7
Master's cap and gown $31.99 $160
Master's hood $31.99 $125
Master's cap only $7.99 $7
Ph.D. tam and gown $49.99 $270
Ph.D. hood $32.99 $170
Ph.D. tam only $19.99 $70

Distribution & Returns

Faculty Only Distribution

Avoid the long lines over commencement weekend!

Tuesday, May 9 - Thursday, May 11
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
University Store, first floor, Cohon University Center

Commencement Weekend Distribution

McKenna, Peter, Wright Rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

Friday, May 19
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 20
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 21
9 - 11 a.m.

Returns

McKenna, Peter, Wright Rooms, second floor, Cohon University Center

Sunday, May 21
Noon - 3 p.m.

Monday, May 22
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

After Monday, May 22 and until Friday, June 2, returns can be made to the lower level of the University Store. No returns will be accepted after June 2.

Additional Information

  • University Professors should also order their regalia online.
  • Previous years' information cannot be provided.
  • For bulk pick up, please submit a list of names to the University Store by May 5.
  • Upon pick up, please inspect your order for accuracy and contact the University Store if any changes need to be made. No corrections or changes will be made after May 15.
  • Steaming or dry cleaning services are NOT provided.
  • Regalia comes folded in a plastic bag. To help remove wrinkles, it is suggested that you hang the items as soon as possible.
  • If rented items are not returned by June 2, the supplied Oracle string will be charged all associated replacement costs and rentals fees. No exceptions will be made.
  • For bulk returns, each set of regalia must be in a seperate bag labeled with the name. All items must be returned together to be considered complete.
  • If regalia is needed for a commencement event at another Carnegie Mellon location, please notify the University Store.
  • Custom-made regalia can be purchased through the University Store. Orders can take up to six weeks to be completed.

FAQ

Which degree type do I select when ordering?
The type of regalia that you wear corresponds to the highest degree that you earned. If you are placing an order for someone, please check with that person for the exact wording of their degree. If you do not see your degree type on the drop-down list, please contact the University Store.

Please note that Carnegie Mellon University only awards Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Arts degrees. Other institutions may award different doctoral degrees. For example, someone from Carnegie Mellon may be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (wearing a blue Ph.D. hood). Meanwhile, another individual at a different university may be awarded a Doctor of Engineering (wearing an orange Ph.D. hood). Please consult your institution for the exact wording of your degree. If your degree is not listed, contact the University Store. 

Why do you ask for the institution?
The inside of your hood will have the pre-determined school colors to represent the institution where you earned your highest degree.

In accordance with the university’s regalia guidelines, the caps and gowns are standard for all faculty participating in the commencement ceremonies. Only your hood is custom-ordered to represent the institution from which you earned your highest degree. 

How do I determine my head measurement? What is my cap size? 
To find your cap size, wrap a measuring tape around your head approximately 1” above your eyebrows. Select the size that most closely matches that measurement. Typical measurements are 22 – 24 inches. A measurement far outside the norm may be off.  The University Store associates can assist you with a measurement during store hours.

I only need a tam/hood. Can I order that item only?
Yes, these items may be ordered individually.    

How do I pay for my regalia order?
With the exception of members of the Platform Group, regalia rental fees are charged to the academic department and an Oracle string must be provided when ordering. If the rented items are not returned by June 2, the supplied Oracle string will be charged all associated replacement costs and rental fees. 

Should I expect an order confirmation email? 
Yes, you will receive a confirmation email only after placing or editing for your order. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please contact the University Store to ensure that your order was received. 

I didn’t place an order before the deadline. Now what?
After April 14 and through May 5, late orders can be submitted by contacting the University Store. A $20 late charge will apply. No orders will be accepted after May 5.

When and where do I pick up my regalia? Do I need return it?
See the Distribution & Returns section above for dates, times and location. All rented regalia needs to be returned by June 2.

Do I need to bring anything with me when picking up or returning my regalia?
Yes, please bring your Andrew ID card.