Cap and Gown Information for Students
Regalia is required for the following ceremonies:
- Main Commencement Ceremony
- Diploma Ceremonies
- Doctor's Hooding Ceremony
- Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony
Questions regarding regalia? Call or email the University Store.
Email: The University Store
How to Order
There are a few ways students can purchase a cap and gown.
- Visit the lower level of The University Store during regular store hours between March 22 and May 15.
- Order online, available March 22 through April 19 by 5 p.m. Ship directly to the University Store or to your home for a fee.
- Stop by Cap and Gown Distribution over commencement weekend.
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.
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.
Regalia Purchased at Commencement Fair (special rate):
Bachelor’s Cap, Gown and Tassel - $31.99
Master’s Cap, Gown and Tassel - $33.99
Master’s Hood - $43.99
Ph.D. Cap, Gown and Tassel - $35.99
Ph.D. Hood - $54.99
Regalia purchased after Commencement Fair:
Bachelor’s Cap, Gown and Tassel - $34.99
Master’s Cap, Gown and Tassel - $36.99
Master’s Hood - $48.99
Ph.D. Cap, Gown and Tassel - $39.99
Ph.D. Hood - $59.99
All regalia are souvenir items and do not need to be returned.
Payment is due upon ordering/pick up. Cash, check, Plaid Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
Ordering & Measuring
Finding Your Cap SizeTo 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 Cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted. For deposits on Ph.D. regalia, only Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted.
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.
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.
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.
Wearing Your Regalia
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 your hat in place with bobby pins.
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.
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.
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.