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Cap & Gown (Students)

Wearing regalia is both traditional and required for student participation in the procession and ceremony.

ORDER Online by April 15
ORDER In-Person on May 24-27 (add $10)
Pick Up (Distribution) on May 24-27
Return on May 28 by 5pm
Regalia FYI - Colors, Keepers, What to Return
Purchase PhD Outfit (optional)

Order Cap & Gown (Rent)

The deadline to pre-order cap & gown online was April 15. The cap & gown company is no longer accepting online orders.

Missed the deadline? Obtain outfit as a walk-in order in May.

Order online by April 15
pick-up & return
$21.75 Order online by April 15
pick-up & return
MBA $21.75 Order online by April 15
pick-up & return
Johnson/MBA website
PHD $72.55 Order online by April 15
pick-up & return
DVM $47.85 Order online by April 15
DVM pickup & return
LAW $72.55 Order online by March 15
Law pickup & return

Cap & Gown Pickup (Distribution)

Cap & gown distribution for Bachelor, PhD, and Master regalia takes place the week of graduation. Go to Teagle Hall on any of the dates listed below to pick up cap & gown. Souvenir tassels will be available there for purchase.

  • Online Orders: Outfits ordered online will be available for pick up & try on outfit ordered online; exchange items for proper fit, if necessary.
  • Walk-in Orders: TAKE STUDENT ID, stand in "walk-in orders" line to request an outfit; pay rental cost PLUS $10 cash.

    Teagle Hall, 1st Floor Multipurpose Room.
    Enter from parking lot between Teagle & Lynah.
  • May 24 (Wednesday), 10am-6pm
  • May 25 (Thursday), 10am-6pm
  • May 26 (Friday), 10am-6pm
  • May 27 (Saturday), 10am-6pm

Take Note Miss the deadline to order online?
Students who do not pre-order their cap & gown online can still receive an outfit at distribution in May, but it is not ordered/reserved in advance. To receive cap & gown, go to Teagle Hall on one of the distribution days listed above, take $10 CASH for the late fee in addition to rental cost, TAKE STUDENT ID, and stand in the "WALK-IN ORDERS" line to receive an outfit. Every effort is made to fit all walk-in orders, but exact sizes cannot be guaranteed with walk-in orders.

Order Confirmation:
Since cap & gown orders are placed with Herff Jones, not with Cornell University, the Cornell Commencement Office is not able to confirm orders. However, students should receive an order confirmation email from Herff Jones when they place their order.

Cap & Gown Return

Graduates MUST return rented caps & gowns by 5:00pm Commencement Day at one of the collection centers on campus:

  • Teagle Hall, Multipurpose Room
  • The Cornell Store (on-campus location)
  • A-Lot (parking lot on North Campus)
  • B-Lot (parking lot near Vet College)

Regalia FYI: Colors, Keepers, What to Return

    Each cap & gown order contains a full set of regalia with the pieces, styles and colors appropriate to the degree being conferred.
  • Cap - All mortar boards and soft tams are one-size-fits-all, so no measuring is necessary when ordering. The appropriate cap style will be supplied with regalia orders. Mortar boards may be tastefully decorated and kept as a souvenir.
    All soft tams must be returned.
  • Tassel - Tassel color represents one's conferring college, and may be kept as a souvenir (sewn-in tassels on tams cannot be removed). In addition to the free detachable tassel, students have an option to purchase a Cornell red & white tassel, and are welcome to wear both on their caps at graduation.
  • Gown - The gown style represents the degree being conferred. Students must know their height when placing their order.
    All gowns must be returned.
  • Hood - A hood is part of graduate degree regalia (none for undergraduate degrees) and represents one's field of study. An appropriate hood will be supplied with graduate degree orders.
    All hoods must be returned.

Purchase PhD Regalia to Own (optional)

PhD degree candidates and faculty wishing to purchase a tassel, cap, gown, and/or hood must order by April 1 to allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. order

Contact Information

Commencement Office
B13 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-9541
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