Cap & Gown Information-Commencement Weekend - Carnegie Mellon University

Cap & Gown Information

Graduating students and staff who are earning degrees should refer to the student cap and gown page.

Faculty must wear caps and gowns to the following:

  • Main commencement ceremony
  • Diploma ceremonies
  • Doctor's Hooding ceremony
  • Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony

Place an order

Faculty Order Deadline: Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m.
If you have trouble logging on to the cap and gown order site, please contact the University Store to order your regalia.

Faculty Regalia Rental Fees & Replacement Costs

Determined by the highest degree earned

Item Rental Fee Replacement Cost
Bachelor's cap and gown $25 $135
Bachelor's hood $25 $110
Bachelor's cap (no gown) $5 $7
Master's cap and gown $26 $160
Master's hood $26 $125
Master's cap (no gown) $5 $7
Doctor's tam and gown $42 $270
Doctor's hood $27 $170
Doctor's tam (no gown) $16 $70

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 May 27, the supplied Oracle string will be charged all associated replacement costs and rental fees. No exceptions will be made. See below for return dates and times.

Bulk Orders and Returns

  • We strongly encourage bulk orders and returns.
  • Bulk orders can be submitted using individual Andrew IDs on the order site through April 8 at 5 p.m. For information on bulk orders after April 8, see the Late Orders section below.
  • Bulk pick-up requests can be made by contacting the University Store with the list of names by April 29.
  • Upon picking up your order, please inspect it for accuracy. Contact the University Store immediately if any changes need to be made. 
  • No corrections or changes will be made to any orders after May 10.
  • Regalia comes folded in a plastic bag. To help remove wrinkles, it is suggested that you remove the items from the bag and hang them up as soon as possible. 
  • No steaming or dry cleaning is provided by the University Store.
  • Bulk returns will be accepted through May 27. See below for dates and times. 
  • For bulk returns, each set of regalia must be in a separate bag labeled with the faculty member's name. All items must be returned together to be considered complete; individual pieces will not be accepted. Otherwise, the Oracle string provided will be charged the replacement cost(s). 
  • No returns will be accepted after May 27.

Late Orders

From April 9 – 29, late orders will be accepted by contacting the University Store. A $10 late charge will apply to all orders submitted after the April 8 deadline. No orders will be accepted after April 29.

Additional Information

  • Previous years’ orders cannot be provided.
  • Faculty can purchase custom-made regalia at the University Store. Each piece is sold separately. Please allow 6 weeks during peak season for your order to be filled. Contact the University Store for more information.

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