Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 20-21, 2017

Cap and Gown Information for Students

Academic regalia is required for the following ceremonies:

The type of academic regalia worn is based on the degree earned. If multiple degrees are being earned, refer to the higher degree.

Questions regarding regalia? Call or email the University Store.

Phone: 412-268-1032
Email: University Store

Bachelor's & Master's

Regalia Costs

  • All bachelor's and master's regalia are souvenir items and do not need to be returned.
  • Payment is due upon ordering/pick up. Cash, check, Plaid Ca$h, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

Bachelor's cap, gown and tassel: $32.99

Master's cap, gown and tassel: $34.99
Master's hood: $46.99

How to Purchase Regalia

There are a few ways bachelor's and master's students can purchase a cap and gown.

  • Visit the lower level of the University Store during regular store hours through May 18.
  • Stop by Cap and Gown Distribution over commencement weekend.

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.

Ph.D. Students

Regalia Costs

  • Ph.D. gowns and hoods are rented items and they will need to be returned. See below for dates, times and location. Students may keep their caps and tassels.
  • Payments are due upon pick up. Cash, check, Plaid Ca$h, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted for rental fees. Only Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted for deposits.

Cap, Gown and Tassel
Rental Fee: $49.99
Deposit: $210

Hood
Rental Fee: $32.99
Deposit: $170

  • Custom-made regalia can also be purchased through the University Store. Orders can take up to six weeks to be completed.

How to Purchase Regalia

  • Ph.D. students who did not place an order by the April 7 deadline can purchase their regalia over commencement weekend. See below for dates, times and location.
  • Every effort will be made to accomodate those who did not place an order. However, distribution is on a first come, first served basis and appropriate sizes cannot be guaranteed.

Cap & Gown 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.

NOTE: Regalia will NOT be available for pick up at the Carnegie Museum prior to the Doctor's Hooding ceremony.  All orders must be picked up on campus prior to arriving at the museum.

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.

FAQ

Which degree type do I select when ordering?
The regalia available to you is determined by the highest degree you are obtaining this commencement period. Students earning more than one degree should refer to the Multiple Degree section below. 

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.

How do I pay for my regalia order?
All payments are due upon pick up.  Cash, check, Plaid Ca$h, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. For deposits on Ph.D. regalia, only Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.

Should I expect an order confirmation email? (Ph.D. only)
Yes, you will receive a confirmation email after your order is placed. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the University Store to ensure that your order was received.

I’m a bachelor’s student with more than one major. Do I need to purchase multiple sets of regalia?
You only need to purchase one set of regalia. The caps and gowns are the same for all bachelor’s students, regardless of major or college. 

I’m earning two degrees. Do I need to purchase two sets of regalia?
Possibly. The type of cap and gown you should purchase corresponds to the highest degree you are earning.

  • If you are earning two bachelor’s degrees or are a double major, you only need to purchase one set of regalia. The caps and gowns are the same for all bachelor’s students, regardless of major or college.
  • If you are earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree, you will need to purchase master’s regalia.
  • Those earning two master’s degree will need to purchase one master’s cap and gown. See the next question for information on a hood.
  • If you are earning a master’s degree and a Ph.D., you will need to order a Ph.D. cap and gown. See the next question for information on a hood.

I’m eligible for multiple hoods. Which one do I purchase/wear? 
Master’s and Ph.D. students should order at least one hood (determined by the highest degree obtained) to wear to the main commencement ceremony. 

  • If you are earning two master’s degrees, if you plan on attending both diploma ceremonies, and if the two degrees are represented by two different velvet colors, then you should purchase both hoods.  However, only one of these (your choice) should be worn to the main commencement ceremony. If you only plan on attending one diploma ceremony or if the two degrees are represented by the same velvet color, then you only need to purchase one hood. 
  • If you are earning a master’s and a Ph.D., you should order a Ph.D. hood. You will receive this at the Doctor’s Hooding ceremony and it should be worn to the main commencement ceremony. If you plan on attending your master’s degree diploma ceremony, you should also order the appropriate master’s hood to wear there. 

When and where do I pick up my regalia? Do I need to return it?
Refer to the above section pertaining to the highest degree you are earning this commencement period for more information. 

Do I need to bring anything with me when picking up or returning my regalia?
Bachelor’s and master’s students will need their Andrew ID to attend Grad Fair.

Ph.D. students should bring their Andrew ID or driver’s license and a Visa, MasterCard or Discover to pay the necessary deposits when picking up regalia. Keep your receipts!  You’ll need them for refunded deposits! 

When returning regalia, Ph.D. students must bring the original form of deposit payment! Deposits are refunded to the card on which they were originally charged and credit card information is not stored. In order to avoid confusion or misallocation of deposit refunds, refunds will not be issued to alternate funding sources or to cards owned by people that are returning regalia for friends or colleagues.

I rented or purchased some items but did not pick them up or participate in commencement. Can I get a refund? 
No refunds will be offered for unclaimed/unused regalia. The university orders and purchases your regalia at the end of the ordering period, and therefore does not process refunds after the order deadline. Regalia will be retained by the University Store until June 2.  Once that date passes, the University Store reserves the right to dispose of unclaimed regalia. 

How should caps be worn?
The front of the hat base comes to a point; this point should go directly in the middle of your forehead. Place the hat so the board is level and parallel to the ground, not at an angle. You may want to secure their hats in place with bobby pins. 

How should hoods be worn?
The hood should be draped around your neck with the largest portion hanging down your back. The velvet border, which indicates your field of study, should be showing on the outside. The velvet should fold under on the lower back to allow the colors to show. To keep your hood from being too tight against your neck, there is a cord on the front; secure this to a shirt button or pin it to a blouse or dress. The hood also has a cord and button in the back to prevent it from slipping off your shoulders.

On which side is the tassel worn?
Bachelor’s students wear the tassel on the right and move it to the left after the degrees have been conferred. Master’s and Ph.D. students wear the tassel on the left. 

What about adornments?
The following guidelines were approved by the Associate Deans’ Council:

  • Medallions and/or cords are restricted to the use of designating university honors, college honors or university honor societies that admit students across all disciplines. Medallions typically represent university honors and cords typically represent college honors.
  • Medallions and/or cords should not be used to designate other honors/clubs.
  • Medallions and honors cords may be worn in conjunction with stoles and pins.
  • It is recommended that graduating students wear only one stole with their academic regalia.
  • Students are certainly permitted to receive/purchase more than one stole if they are a member of multiple organizations. They may then choose to wear a particular stole to the main commencement ceremony and another to their diploma ceremony.
  • Graduates that are members of a club/organization that issues pins to designate affiliation are permitted to wear more than one pin with their academic regalia along with a stole, medallion and/or cords (as applicable).