Academic Regalia

All graduating students are welcome to purchase academic regalia. Below are helpful details outlining your options:

Regalia for Undergraduate Students

Academic regalia is required for degree candidates who are participating in the in-person Commencement ceremony.

Undergraduates participating in the in-person Commencement ceremony should pick up their regalia on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore between March 22 and May 1, 2021.

Undergraduates who are not planning to participate in the in-person ceremony but would still like to purchase regalia may also pick up from the Penn Bookstore as outlined above, or they may order their regalia and have it shipped to them through Campus Express starting March 15. Orders should be placed no later than April 23 for arrival by Commencement.

Regalia for Graduate Students

We recognize that many graduate students will wish to have their regalia as a commemorative keepsake even if not meeting in person.

Master’s Degree candidates may pick up their regalia at the Penn Bookstore between March 22 and May 1, 2021 or order their regalia and have it shipped to them through Campus Express starting March 15. Orders should be placed no later than April 23 for arrival by Commencement.

Doctoral Degree Candidates - The majority of Doctoral Candidates choose to purchase traditional regalia which includes a black gown, hood in the appropriate school colors, mortar board cap, and tassel. Traditional regalia can be purchased through Campus Express after March 15. Orders should be placed no later than April 23 for arrival by Commencement.

Doctoral candidates who plan to frequently participate in academic ceremonies requiring regalia, may choose to purchase Custom Regalia. This regalia is designed distinctively in Penn’s red and blue coloring, rather than in the traditional black. Graduates choosing to purchase Custom Regalia can order on-line through Campus Express and must place their orders no later than April 1, 2021 to receive their regalia by Commencement.

All Graduates, even those picking up their regalia, are strongly encouraged to visit Campus Express for information on graduation items such as diploma frames, announcements and Penn branded gift items, benefits to Penn Alumni, computer discounts, class logos and much more.  

Specific questions about regalia should be addressed to capandgown@upenn.edu

 

History of Academic Regalia

Like other American colonial colleges, Penn borrowed its 18th-century Commencement rituals directly from the English universities. In England the history of academic dress reaches back to the early days of the oldest schools.

Learn about academic dress from the past

Cap and Gown Information

Articles of clothing that will be visible at the neck and below the gown should be in keeping with the conservative style of the academic attire. 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 at the live ceremony, please be advised that the dye in the gown may stain clothing.