Cap & Gown

General Information

The Cap & Gown Agency provides academic apparel for those who plan to participate in Commencement exercises. Custom Yale regalia is available by special order (see below).

Keepsake caps and gowns are made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. “Greenweaver” technology, which debuted more than five years ago, was developed by Oak Hall Industries of Salem, Virginia. Caps, gowns, and hoods will be yours to keep and need not be returned at the end of the day.

Students receiving a bachelor’s degree need a cap, gown, and tassel. If you expect to receive a master’s degree in addition to a bachelor’s degree, you will need a hood as well.

Students receiving graduate degrees are expected to wear a hood representing both the institution granting the degree and the degree granted.

Ordering

Information regarding regalia, prices, and distribution dates along with order forms are included in the PDFs below, which may be printed. (Note: Free Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view forms).

Orders may be placed online at the Student Financial and Administrative Services website using a credit card or student account. Select “Commencement” from the main menu, then “Order Cap and Gown,” and follow instructions. Orders may also be mailed to the address below or dropped off at the office of Associated Student Agencies, 246 Church Street, lower level, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Cash, money orders, and personal checks will be accepted at 246 Church Street, as well as MasterCard, Visa, and charges to Yale student accounts. Please do not send cash with mailed orders. If you are completing your degree requirements in December 2017 but are walking this May, please use the appropriate PDF form and associated instructions above, as you will be unable to use the online system.

*Note: These instructions are for students. Faculty should see the Faculty Order Form and Guide for specific ordering, deadline, and distribution details.

Deadlines and Late Fees

To avoid late fees, orders must be received or postmarked by 4 pm on April 1. Orders received after 4 pm on April 1 through April 13 will be subject to a late fee of $10.00. No orders, including those placed online, will be processed after April 13, and no refunds on cancelations will be issued after that date.

Note: The deadline for billing to student accounts, available to students who currently have charging privileges, is April 1.

Missed Deadline

A limited number of black gowns and Yale hoods will be available during distribution hours at Payne Whitney Gymnasium on a first-come first-served basis for students who miss the April 13 deadline. A $5.00 shipping charge, in addition to a $10.00 late fee, will be added to the cost of regalia, and only cash will be accepted. Degree specific hoods and gowns, however, can only be guaranteed with orders received by April 13.

Purchase of Yale Custom Regalia

All keepsake robes are black, and all gowns and hoods are intended for relatively limited use. Degree candidates who wish to purchase custom Yale regalia (i.e. “Yale blue” doctoral or master’s gown, faille hood, doctoral tam or cap) may order directly from the Custom Department of Oak Hall Industries, 800-223-0429. Download order form. Please note that “Yale blue” gowns are not available through the student Cap & Gown Agency.

Distribution

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 your current Yale ID.

Wednesday’s distribution is intended for seniors only. Graduate and professional school distribution begins on Thursday, May 18.

*Note for faculty: Your academic apparel will be delivered to the contact person associated with the school with which you plan to march or to your residential college after Tuesday, May 16. See the faculty PDF form above for details.

Wednesday, May 17 (seniors only) 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday, May 18 11 am - 6 pm
Friday, May 19 12 pm - 4 pm
Saturday, May 20* 12 pm - 4 pm
Sunday, May 21* 8 am - 11 am
Monday, May 22* 8 am - 10 am

*Seniors wear academic attire to Baccalaureate services, which take place on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to Class Day exercises and Commencement.

If you are unable to pick up your regalia at the times listed above, please make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. The person picking up your attire must present their Yale I.D. or other official photo identification, as well as a signed note from you giving them permission to do so.

Return

All student regalia is purchased and need not be returned. Faculty should return rental regalia to the point person at their residential college or school.

Questions and Contact Information

For questions or problems related to regalia, please visit the Associated Student Agencies website or contact Cap and Gown Agency managers Matthew Coetzee (matthew.coetzee@yale.edu) or Benjamin E. Lerude (benjamin.lerude@yale.edu).

Mailing address
Yale Cap and Gown Agency
Associated Student Agencies
P.O. Box 202135
New Haven, CT 06520-2135
(203) 432-1888

Campus address
246 Church Street
Lower level, Room B01
New Haven, CT 06511