Cap and Gown Information

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia is required for degree candidates at Commencement. All candidates who do not possess regalia must obtain their regalia from the Penn Bookstore, located at 36th and Walnut Streets. Detailed information will be available in the spring.

procession on LW

Articles of clothing, which will be visible at the neck and below the gown, should be in keeping with the conservative style of the academic attire. High heels should not be worn by graduates due to uneven surfaces along the procession route and have potential to damage the athletic track and field. The hood should be secured so that it will not slip off the shoulders. The cap is worn parallel to the ground; the tassel is worn in front and on the right side until the degree has been conferred.

In case of inclement weather, please be advised that the dye in the gown may stain clothing.


If you have questions or comments, please contact the Office of the University Secretary.