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.

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.

From March 16 through March 18, 2016, graduating students can purchase and receive their Commencement regalia at the Penn Bookstore during the Graduation Fair. Please visit the textbook department on the second level of the store where you will have the opportunity to talk with sales representatives. UPDATE: If you were uable to obtain regalia at the Graduation Fair, you can go to the Bookstore anytime until May 15 to purchase regalia.

Please visit the Penn Bookstore, second floor events area, from March 16 through March 18, 2016 to order your rental regalia or discuss custom regalia purchasing options during the Graduation Fair. It is important that you place your order during this period to allow sufficient time for delivery before the Commencement ceremony. Regalia will be available for pick-up on the second level of the Penn Bookstore from May 11 through May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by 12 noon Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

If you are a Doctoral Degree candidate unable to go to the Penn Bookstore, you may order regalia with a credit card by calling (215) 898-7595 through March 18. Bachelor and Masters Degree candidates can go to the Bookstore anytime until May 15 to purchase regalia.

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