Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 18-19, 2019

Cap & Gown Information for Faculty

Regalia Requirements

Regalia is required for the following ceremonies:

Questions regarding regalia? Call or email the University Store.

Email: The University Store

How to Order

  • Orders can be placed beginning March 4. 
  • The deadline to order faculty regalia is April 5. After April 5 and through May 3, late orders can be submitted by contacting The University Store. A $20 late charge will apply.
  • 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.
  • No orders will be accepted after May 3.


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 May 24, 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 $12
Master's cap and gown $31.99 $160
Master's hood $31.99 $125
Master's cap only $7.99 $12
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!

Monday, May 13 - Wednesday, May 15
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The University Store, lower level, Cohon University Center

Note: 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.

Commencement Weekend Distribution

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

Friday, May 17
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 18
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 19
9 - 11 a.m.


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

Sunday, May 19
Noon - 3 p.m.

Monday, May 20
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

After Monday, May 20, and until Friday, May 24, returns can be made to the lower level of The University Store. No returns will be accepted after May 24.

Additional Information

  • Bulk orders can be placed here.
  • For bulk pick up, please submit a list of names to the University Store by May 3.
  • Upon pick up, please inspect your order for accuracy and immediately contact the University Store if any changes need to be made.
  • For bulk returns, each set of regalia must be in a separate bag labeled with the name. All items must be returned together to be considered complete.
From April 6 through May 3, late orders will be accepted but will be charged a $20 rush order and shipping charge.

University Professors
University Professors should also order their regalia online. Previous years' information cannot be provided.

Selecting a Degree
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. 

Institution Hood Color
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. 

Head Measurement/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.

Tams and Hoods
These items may be ordered individually.