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 is available on the Penn Bookstore website.

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.

Bachelor and Masters Degree Candidates:
From March 18 through March 20, 2015, 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.

Doctoral Degree Candidates:
Please visit the Penn Bookstore, second floor events area, from March 18 through March 20, 2015 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 13 through May 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by 12 noon Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Those Unable to Order Regalia at the Graduation Fair:
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 20. Bachelor and Masters Degree candidates can go to the Bookstore anytime until May 17 to purchase regalia.

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