Regalia

The Cap and Gown Agency makes arrangements to provide academic apparel for those who plan to participate in University Commencement exercises.

Regalia orders may be placed online using a credit card or student account.

Information for Yale College Students

If you are receiving a bachelor’s degree, you will need a cap, gown, and tassel. If you expect to receive a master’s degree in addition to your bachelor’s degree, you will need a hood as well. Cap, gown, tassel, and hood (if applicable) are yours to keep. Academic attire is worn to Baccalaureate ceremony, in addition to Class Day exercises and Commencement.

Retainable gowns are made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, using “GreenWeaver” technology developed by Oak Hall Industries of Salem, Virginia.

To avoid late fees, orders must be received by 4:00 p.m. on April 1. Orders received after 4:00 p.m. on April 1 through April 12, will be subject to a late fee of $10.00. No orders, including those placed online, will be processed after April 12; and no refunds on cancellations will be issued after that date.

Regalia will be distributed Wednesday, May 18 through Monday, May 23 from Payne Whitney Gymnasium, 80 Tower Parkway.

Distribution Hours (please bring Yale I.D.)

Wednesday, May 18 - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19 - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 20 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Monday, May 23 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If you are unable to pick up your attire at the times above, please make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. The person picking up your attire must present a Yale I.D. or other valid identification, as well as a signed note from you authorizing pick-up of your order.

Ordering and pickup information for the May 14 Class of 2020 ceremony.

Information for Graduate and Professional School Students

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

Retainable regalia, as opposed to rental regalia, will be available to all students. Caps, gowns, and hoods, therefore, will be yours to keep and need not be returned at the end of the day. Retainable gowns are made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, using “GreenWeaver” technology developed by Oak Hall Industries of Salem, Virginia.

Please note that all retainable robes are black and that retainable gowns and hoods are intended for relatively limited use. Degree can-didates 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 by calling 1-800-223-0429.

To avoid late fees, orders must be received by 4:00 p.m. on April 1. Orders received after 4:00 p.m. on April 1 through April 12, will be subject to a late fee of $10.00. No orders, including those placed online, will be processed after April 12; and no refunds on cancellations will be issued after that date.

Regalia will be distributed Wednesday, May 18 through Monday, May 23

Distribution Hours (please bring Yale I.D.)

Wednesday, May 18 - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19 - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 20 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Monday, May 23 - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

If you are unable to pick up your attire at the times above, please make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. The person picking up your attire must present a Yale I.D. or other valid identification, as well as a signed note from you authorizing pick-up of your order.

Ordering and pickup information for the May 14 ceremony.

Information for Faculty and Fellows

The Cap and Gown agency works directly with your school to support regalia rental and distribution.

For custom regalia purchases you may order directly from the Custom Department of Oak Hall Industries by calling 1-800-223-0429.

A Guide to Academic Regalia

The following academic attire may be worn on appropriate occasions by holders of degrees from Yale University. When blue material is used, it must be the shade known as “Yale blue,” preserved in the Office of the Secretary of Yale University. “Yale blue” gowns and hoods may not be made without having the color and style approved by the University Secretary.

Yale University Degree Colors

Liberal Arts (B.A., M.A.) — white
Science (B.S., M.S.) — gold-yellow
Architecture — blue-violet
Art and Drama — brown
Divinity — scarlet
Forestry — russet
Law — purple
Management — sapphire blue
Medicine — green
Music — pink
Nursing — apricot
Public Health — salmon pink
Engineering — orange

The color for Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy degrees, regardless of department, is dark blue.

Hoods

Material—the same as that of the gown
Color—black, lined with “Yale blue” material; anterior edge trim is color of degree
Length—three feet long for bachelor’s degree, three and one-half feet long for master’s degree, four feet long with side panels for doctor’s degree
Trim—anterior edge bound in velvet two, three, or five inches wide representing, respectively, bachelor’s, master’s or doctor’s degree

Caps

The cap for all degrees is a mortarboard of black cloth. The tassel is either black or degree color. The doctor’s tassel may be of gold thread or gold metal. In use, the tassel remains on the left side.

Gowns

Please note that “Yale blue” custom gowns are available for purchase only. All rented and retainable gowns provided by the Cap and Gown Agency are black.

Bachelor’s degree—black, untrimmed, with open, pointed sleeves
Master’s degree—black or blue, untrimmed, with oblong sleeves open at wrist
Doctor’s degree—black or blue with velvet facing, bell sleeves, three velvet bars on each sleeve. If the gown is black, the facing and bars are usually black, but may be the degree color. If the gown is blue, the facing and bars must be black.

Use of Doctoral Gowns

Ph.D., M.D., D.F.A. D.M.A., or Dr.P.H..—black or “Yale blue” doctor’s gown with appropriate doctor’s hood. Cap tassel may be gold or degree color.
J.S.D..—black or “Yale blue” doctor’s gown with appropriate doctor’s hood. Cap tassel may be gold or purple. Recipients who took their prior professional degree at an institution other than Yale may wear a black doctor’s gown or a gown suitable to that institution.
LL.M., S.T.M.—black or “Yale blue” doctor’s gown with appropriate master’s hood. Cap tassel may be black or degree color. Recipients who took their prior professional degree at an institution other than Yale may wear a black doctor’s gown or a gown suitable to that
institution.
M.ARCH., M.DIV., M.F.A., J.D. —black or “Yale blue” doctor’s gown with appropriate master’s hood. Cap tassel may be black or degree color.Yale 2019