A guide for family, friends, and students

Commencement Orders


Follow the links below to access ordering information for 2015.

Announcement Cards  |  Caps & Gowns   |  Commencement DVD  |  Flowers for Graduates  |  Yearbook


Announcement Cards

The official graduation announcement of Yale University features the University shield engraved in blue on an off-white card. The inside text is printed in black, and the announcement is available either personalized with the student’s name and degree or degrees expected or non-personalized. Announcements and envelopes are ordered in sets of eight.
Important Note: Announcement orders received after Monday, May 4 will be delivered post-Commencement and will be printed in past tense. For example: May Elizabeth James has been awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts at the three hundred fourteenth Commencement Exercises.
A set of eight personalized announcements and matching envelopes costs $20. A set of eight non-personalized announcements and envelopes is $14. There is an additional fee for shipping and handling. 
Click here to order online with credit card. Click here to download a printable order form in PDF format (requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view form). You may also email kelley.brown-gallant@yale.edu or call 203 432-8266 for forms or ordering information.
If you experience difficulty in completing your online order, close your browser window and retry or switch to a different browser. 

Caps & Gowns

The student-run Cap and Gown Agency provides black rental gowns to faculty and sells black keepsake gowns to students. Custom Yale regalia is available by special order.
Keepsake caps and gowns are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. “Greenweaver” technology, which debuted four years ago, was developed by Oak Hall Industries of Salem, Virginia. Click here to learn more.
The Cap and Gown Agency is located in the office of Associated Student Agencies, 246 Church Street, Room B01. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can contact the office via phone, 203 432-1888, or email asa@yale.edu.


Prices, distribution dates, and order forms are contained in pdf format below and may be printed out by clicking on the appropriate category (free Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view forms).
Students may order online beginning February 9, 2015 at www.yale.edu/sis using a credit card or student account. Select “Commencement” from the main menu, then “Order Cap and Gown,” and follow instructions.
To avoid late fees, orders must be received by 4 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Purchase of Yale custom regalia

All rental and keepsake robes provided by the Cap and Gown Agency are black. Master’s and doctoral candidates who wish to purchase “Yale blue” custom regalia (i.e., “Yale blue” doctoral or master’s gown, faille hood, doctoral tam or cap), may contact the Custom Department of Oak Hall Industries at 800 223-0429 or look online at https://oakhalli.com/Special-Regalia-Find-Your-School. An order form for custom regalia may also be downloaded here and mailed with payment to Oak Hall Cap & Gown, 840 Union Street, Salem, VA 24153. 
For a guide to Yale academic regalia, click here.


To avoid late fees, orders must be received or postmarked by 4 pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. This is also the deadline to bill to one’s student account. Orders received after 4 pm on April 1 through April 10 will be subject to a late fee of $10.00. After April 10, no orders, including those placed online, will be processed and no refunds on cancelations will be issued.

Missed deadline

A limited number of black gowns and Yale hoods will be available during distribution hours at Payne Whitney Gym on a first-come basis. A $5.00 shipping charge, in addition to the $10.00 late fee, will be added to the cost of regalia, and only cash will be accepted.
Please note that degree-specific hoods and gowns may be guaranteed only with orders received by April 10, 2015.


Attire may be picked up at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium pool amphitheater, located to the left of the main entrance, at the hours listed below. Please bring current Yale I.D.
Wednesday’s distribution is intended for seniors only. Graduate and professional school distribution begins on Thursday, May 16. Faculty attire will be distributed from the college or school listed on one’s order form beginning in early May. Faculty will be contacted by their department when the regalia arrives. 

Distribution hours

Wednesday, May 13 (seniors only) 11 am to 5 pm
Thursday, May 14 11 am to 6 pm
Friday, May 15 12 pm to 4 pm
Saturday, May 16* 12 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, May 17*  8 am to 11 am
Monday, May 18  8 am to 10 am
*Seniors wear academic attire to Baccalaureate services, which take place Saturday and Sunday, as well as to Class Day exercises on Sunday.
If you are unable to pick up your regalia at the times above, please make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. The person picking up your regalia must present a Yale I.D. or other valid identification, as well as a signed note from you authorizing pick-up.


Faculty should return rental regalia to the point person at his or her residential college or school. All student regalia is purchased and need not be returned.
Students may donate their gowns to non-profit organizations in the Greater New Haven area by placing them in designated bins at residential colleges or at the Associated Student Agencies office.

Cap and Gown Agency contacts

For questions, please visit the Cap and Gown Agency web site or contact managers Alwin Firmansyah, alwin.firmansyah@yale.edu, or Brian Hogan, brian.hogan@yale.edu

Commencement DVD

Collegiate Video provides Yale graduates a chance to revisit highlights of Commencement weekend: the eloquence of Baccalaureate, the colorful traditions of Class Day and Commencement, and a record of every member of the senior class marching through Phelps Gate.
Yale’s Commencement DVD is approximately 110 minutes long and includes favorite campus landmarks and music. 
DVDs cost $70.00 each, with each additional copy costing $45.00. There is a $7.00 shipping and handling fee for each domestic order. For international orders, please refer to fee rate listed on order form.
Click here to order online or download an order form. The unique order code for Yale is as follows: 170506Y.

Flowers for Graduates

Looking to give your graduate something special? Flowers will be available for purchase from Commencement Flowers on the day of Yale’s Commencement exercises, Monday, May 18. You may also preorder your arrangement by visiting the Commencement Flower website.  

Flower arrangements can be picked up or purchased on the day of Commencement at any of the three locations listed below beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18:

  • corner of College and Elm Streets
  • corner of College and Chapel Street
  • on Chapel Street outside of the Yale University Art Gallery (1111 Chapel Street)


The Yale Banner is the nation’s oldest collegiate yearbook. Please visit www.jostensyearbooks.com to place your order. Please note that yearbooks are printed in the fall, allowing for Commencement photos to be included. In the past, Yale Banner yearbooks have shipped in October or November. When placing your order, please make sure to provide a permanent address where you can receive mail in the fall.
For questions about yearbook orders and payment, please contact Jostens Customer Support at 1-877-767-5217.
More information on the Yale Banner can be found at http://www.yalebanner.com.