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2018 Commencement Information

Congratulations Graduates!

Regalia is required to participate in Commencement and is different for bachelor's, master's and doctoral candidates. All degree recipients from Columbia University and its affiliated institutions wear a cap and gown. Doctoral recipients additionally wear a hood indicating the degree earned.

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Recipients
Bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients wear a gown, mortarboard (cap), and tassel. No hood is worn. Bachelor's combo pack is $57. Master's combo pack is $64.

Bachelor's and master's regalia will be available for purchase beginning March 6th and will be in-stock up until the day of Commencement. Orders do not need to be placed in advance.

You may purchase your regalia in-store or online. Please visit the bookstore any time up until the day of Commencement to purchase your regalia. If you would like your bachelor's/master's regalia shipped, you must place your regalia order online by May 2nd.

Doctoral/Non-Law Degree Recipients
Doctoral recipients wear a gown, hood, and velvet tam (cap). All three components are required in order to walk in all doctoral commencement ceremonies.

Orders for rental doctoral regalia may be placed in-store or online. Late fees will apply to rental regalia orders placed after April 9th. A set of rental doctoral regalia is $179 (plus tax) (rental gown, rental hood, purchase tam).

Orders for custom purchase doctoral regalia may be placed at any time. The last day to order custom regalia with guaranteed delivery by Commencement is April 9th as it takes 5 weeks for delivery.
A set of custom purchase doctoral regalia is $893 (plus tax) (purchase gown, purchase hood, purchase tam). Custom purchase regalia may be ordered in-store, by calling 212-854-4132, or by emailing to begin the order process.

Law Degree Recipients
Law degree recipients wear a gown, hood and velvet tam (cap). All three components are required in order to walk in all doctoral commencement ceremonies.

Orders for rental LAW regalia may be placed in-store or via e-mail at any time, but please note that rental and late fees will apply if you place your order after April 10th.

You may place your order using one of the two following methods:

  • 1. Visit us in-store any time on or before April 9th.
  • OR
  • 2. E-mail with your full name, degree, height and hat size. Your hat size is the circumference of your head when measured about an inch above your temples.

Additional Information
Distribution of rental regalia begins on May 3rd, 2018.

Please call the Columbia University Bookstore at 212-854-4132 for all other inquiries.



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