Cap and Gown Information

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.

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. 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.

procession on LW

Bachelor and Masters Degree Candidates
From March 15 through March 17, 2017, 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, textbook department on the second level of the store, from March 15 through March 17, 2017 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 10 through May 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regalia must be returned to the Bookstore by 12 noon Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

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 17. 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.