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Graduates are requested to adhere to the American Council on Education’s “Academic Costume Code” which stipulates that “nothing should be worn on the academic gown.” The addition of adornments (such as stoles, pins, etc.) to the academic attire is discouraged. The American Council on Education provides useful information and guidelines on how to choose and properly display academic regalia for commencement.

How to order your cap and gown
Caps, gowns, and tassels will be available at the University Bookstore for in-store purchase only starting in April. Remote students who cannot come into the bookstore can contact them via phone or email.
Please purchase packages no less than one week before your scheduled ceremony.
Rentals are not available. The exact price for your regalia will be available in the spring, but in previous years has been approximately:
  • Undergraduates: Bachelor’s gown, cap, and black tassel package: $60
  • Masters: Masters gown, cap, tassel, and hood: $105
  • PhD: Doctoral gown, cap and tassel: $75
An optional commemorative brown and blue tassel can also be purchased for $10.
For any questions regarding caps and gowns, please contact the bookstore by calling (617) 627-3468 or by email to [email protected].