Carnegie Mellon University


May 22-23, 2021

Cap & Gown Information for Faculty

Faculty are required to wear academic regalia during the live, in-person main commencement ceremonies on May 22 and 23 at Gesling Stadium. Information about ordering regalia is included below.

Questions about regalia? Call or email The University Store at 412-268-1032 or


Order & Distribution Information

How to Order

  • Faculty should place regalia orders online.  To access the online order form, you will be required to enter your Andrew ID and password.
  • You will receive a confirmation email only after placing or editing your order. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact The University Store to ensure that they received your order.
  • Faculty can place regalia orders until April 8 at 5 p.m. ET without a late fee.  If you place an order between April 9 and May 5, you will be charged a $20 rush order and shipping fee. The University Store cannot accept orders after May 5.
  • If you need regalia for a commencement event outside of CMU's Pittsburgh Campus, please notify The University Store.
  • You can purchase custom-made regalia through The University Store. Each piece is sold separately. Please allow six weeks for The University Store to fulfill your order.


When placing your regalia order, please provide the Oracle string of your academic department. The University Store will charge your academic department for any regalia fees.

You must return your regalia by May 27. If you do not return rented items by May 27, The University Store will charge the Oracle string that you provided for all associated replacement costs and fees. The University Store is unable to make exceptions.


Rental Fee

Replacement Cost

Bachelor's cap and gown



Bachelor's hood



Bachelor's cap only



Master's cap and gown



Master's hood



Master's cap only



Ph.D. tam and gown



Ph.D. hood



Ph.D. tam only




Distribution & Returns


Monday, May 17 – Thursday, May 20
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
The University Store, lower level, Cohon University Center

You will also be able to pick up regalia over commencement weekend during regular business hours.

The University Store does not provide steaming or dry cleaning services. Your regalia will be folded in a plastic bag. To help remove wrinkles, The University Store suggests that you hang your regalia on a hanger as soon as possible.


You can return your regalia beginning Monday, May 24, and until Thursday, May 27, to the lower level of The University Store during normal business hours. The University Store will not accept returns after May 27.

Selecting the Correct Regalia

Selecting a Degree

The type of regalia that you wear corresponds to the highest degree that you have 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 school colors that represent the institution where you earned your highest degree.

In accordance with the university’s regalia guidelines, 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. 

Student vs. Faculty Order Form

If you are a faculty or staff member who is earning a degree this commencement period, you should order student regalia from The University Store website. The styles of regalia are different for faculty and degree recipients.