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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.

Caps, gowns and hoods will be available at the University Bookstore beginning April 1.  Seniors can reserve a cap and gown for pick up at the bookstore by placing an online order here.  If you choose to pre-order a cap and gown online, orders must be placed by March 1.   Caps and gowns will go on regular sale at the bookstore beginning April 1 (and will be available for purchase through commencement week).  For questions, contact the bookstore at (617) 627-3468.  SMFA graduates–please see instructions below.

All graduates are requested to wear the traditional cap and gown.  Students may purchase them at the University Bookstore. Rentals are not available. The prices are approximately:

  • Bachelor’s gown, cap, and black tassel package, $58.98;  Gown only–$39.98
  • Master’s gown, cap, black tassel, $60.98;  Gown only–$43.98
  • Master’s hood, $42.50;
  • Master’s Degree Package (gown, cap, black tassel and hood):  $102.98
  • PhD gown, cap, tassel, $72.98; Gown only–$55.98
  • Commemorative brown and blue tassel–$9.98 (optional)
  • Cap only:  $12.98
  • Announcements (not personalized):  $15

In an effort to make graduation more “green,” the University Bookstore offers high quality gowns made from 100% recycled material.  And to further reduce the carbon footprint, graduates will be able to drop off their gowns in Recycling Gown collection boxes located on campus on Commencement Sunday–keeping their cap and tassel as mementos of their achievement.

SMFA Cap and Gown Information:

  • Caps and gowns are required for those participating in the Baccalaureate service and commencement ceremonies (including Phase I) taking place on the Medford/Somerville campus.  Caps and gowns are not required for the SMFA Phase II ceremony.
  • Caps and gowns can be reserved by placing an online order here. All orders will be deliver to the SMFA for pickup. Orders must be placed by March 1.
  • Caps and Gowns will go on regular sale at the Medford/Somerville bookstore beginning April 1.

Custom Regalia Orders for Students and Faculty (prices range depending on the fabric chosen):

  • Masters Students/faculty:  Black gowns ($196 – $248); Hood ($126 – $139); Cap ($37 – $44)
  • PhD Students/faculty: Black gowns ($388 – $425); Hood ($157 – $175–but usually is provided by school); Tam ($88).

Custom Tufts Blue and Brown PhD Regalia (order by March 23):  Gown $660; Hood $157(usually provided by the school); Tam $92; Gold Bullion tassel $48.  Please contact the bookstore to inquire about assistance with measuring those PhD candidates who would like to purchase custom regalia.

The bookstore will be hosting Senior Days on Wednesday, April 1, and Thursday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can purchase caps and gowns, diploma frames, graduation announcements, graduation rings and other Commencement items. For more information, call 1-617-627-3468 or visit the bookstore web site.