Carnegie Mellon University

Commencement Weekend

May 19 - 20, 2018

Cap and Gown Information for Students

Purchase Regalia 

There are a few ways students can purchase regalia.

  • Order online. Ship directly to The University Store or to your home for a fee. 
  • Visit the lower level of The University Store during regular store hours through May 16.
  • Stop by Cap and Gown Distribution over commencement weekend, in McKenna/Peter/Wright rooms, second floor, Cohon Center.
    • Friday, May 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
    • Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

Cap and Gown Details

Regalia Costs

  • All 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
Ph.D. Cap, Gown, and Tassel - $38.99
Ph.D. Hood - $58.99

How to Purchase Regalia

There are a few ways students can purchase a cap and gown.

  • Attend Grad Fair, March 21 & 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Rangos Hall, Cohon University Center.
  • Visit the lower level of The University Store during regular store hours through May 16.
  • Stop by Cap and Gown Distribution over commencement weekend.

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

Friday, May 18
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 19
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 20
9 - 11 a.m.

Online ordering will be available after March 22. Shipping fees may apply.
Note: Ph.D. 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.

Additional Information

Finding Your 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.

Paying for Regalia
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.

Refunds
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 May 25.  Once that date passes, The University Store reserves the right to dispose of unclaimed regalia. 

Multiple Majors
If you are a bachelor’s student with multiple majors, 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. 

Multiple Degrees
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.

Earning More Than One Hood
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. 

Caps
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. 

Hoods
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.

Tassels
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. 

Adornments
The following guidelines were approved by the Associate Deans’ Council:

Medallions and/or cords are restricted to the use of designating university and college honors.

  • Medallions represent university honors and cords represent college honors.
  • Medallions and/or cords should not be used to designate other honors/clubs.  
  • Medallions and honors cords may also be worn in conjunction with other appropriate stoles and pins.

 Stoles and pins are generally reserved to indicate an academic accomplishment or organizational affiliation (ACS Scholar, study abroad, sorority membership, etc.) 

  • Stoles and pins can be ordered through the respective organization. 
  • Note: Study abroad stoles should be ordered through The University Store. 
  • If your organization does not have official stoles or pins, you can also contact The University Store for assistance.