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. Detailed information about obtaining regalia will be provided in early 2023.  Detailed information is available on Grad Express.

Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degree Candidates

Graduates can purchase and receive their Commencement regalia at the Penn Bookstore during “Grad Fair” – March 22-24, 2023. The regalia is a commemorative keepsake. All regalia will be distributed on the second level of the Penn Bookstore near the textbook department. Degree candidates will have the opportunity to meet with staff members regarding any questions, such as ensuring the correct fit. Other graduation related products and special promotions will also be available at the Grad Fair.

Doctoral candidates should consult with their respective Schools or Programs as there may be special requirements or recommendations regarding the preferred regalia.

Custom Doctoral Regalia

Custom regalia is typically chosen by doctoral candidates who plan to frequently participate in academic ceremonies requiring such attire in the future. Please keep in mind that doctoral candidates are not required to purchase custom regalia and may find it more economical to choose the standard doctoral regalia. Custom doctoral regalia can only be obtained by having it shipped directly. You must place your order by March 11, 2023, to receive the regalia by Commencement. Shipping fees apply. To order regalia, visit Grad Express.

Those Unable to Pick Up Their Regalia During Grad Fair

Caps and gowns will still be available at the Penn Bookstore after the above dates, but graduates are strongly encouraged to obtain their regalia at the Bookstore during Grad Fair, when the store’s resources are dedicated to this process. If you are not currently on campus, you may order your regalia online and have it shipped directly to you. You must place your order by March 24, 2023, to receive the regalia by Commencement. Shipping fees apply. To order regalia, visit Grad Express.

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
american flag and graduate in regalia

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.

Address & Phone

1 College Hall, Room 211
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7006