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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 can be purchased online begining January 15th until March 1st. Ordering early guarantees each student will have the correct size outfit for graduation.  For students who miss this deadline, there will be caps and gowns available for purchase starting on April 3rd  through prior to commencement in the bookstore. As commencement approaches, sizing inventory for in person purchasing will be limited. For questions, contact the bookstore at 617-627-3468.

Rentals are not available. The prices are approximately:

  • Bachelor’s gown, cap, and black tassel package $65
  • Master’s Degree package (gown, cap, black tassel and hood)  $125
  • Master’s gown, cap, black tassel (no hood) $75
  • Master’s hood $50
  • PhD package (gown, cap, tassel) $120
  • Commemorative brown and blue tassel $10 (optional)
  • Cap only:  $13

Custom Academic Regalia:

Custom regalia is often ordered by masters and doctoral graduates entering academia.  We offer the custom Brown and Blue outfit as well as the basic black versions for purchase.  These orders are custom made and must be placed by March 11th to guarantee arrival before graduation.  We will be hosting a measuring day on March 4th from 10am – 2pm.  If you cannot make it for that timeframe, please reach out to us at or call us at 617-627-2060.  


Faculty can rent regalia (including custom hoods for other schools) through the bookstore.  If they have questions, they can email at or call us at 617-627-2060.  The deadline to place an order for rentals is April 10.