Commencement: Regalia

Academic Regalia

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 B&N UD Bookstore. 


Important Dates to Remember:

Regalia Orders/Pick Up - Seniors:

  • January 3, 2024 - Regalia Rental/Purchase Website goes live 
  • April 8, 2024 -  LAST DAY to place orders on the web for keeper gowns for Undergrad and Master Graduates, as well as the last day to rent regalia for PhD Candidates
  • April 10-12, 2024 – Regalia Pick-Up at the “Life After UD” Resource Fair, 2nd Floor, B&N UD Bookstore

Regalia Orders/Pick Up – Masters & PhD Students

  • January 3, 2024 - Regalia Rental/Purchase Website goes live 
  • March 18, 2024 - Custom regalia purchase (PhD students and Faculty) orders due
  • April 8, 2024 -  LAST DAY to place orders on the web for keeper gowns for Undergrad and Master Graduates, as well as the last day to rent regalia for PhD Candidates
  • Regalia Pick-Up at the Grad Fair, 2nd Floor, B&N UD Bookstore

April 10 - 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

April 11 - 12:00-3:00 p.m.

April 12 - 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Rental Regalia return: NO later than June 1st to the B&N UD Bookstore.  

Associate, Bachelor, and Master Candidates


The B&N UD Bookstore is the only approved vendor for the University of Delaware Commencement items, including official University regalia (caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels) from Oak Hall. This exclusively ensures that regalia worn at graduation will be uniform and is required.

Degree candidates (associate, bachelor, and master) planning to attend the Commencement need to order their regalia starting January 3rd, 2024. The site will close on Monday, April 8, 2024.

Order regalia HERE (site opens 1/3/24).

Regalia pick up will begin on Wednesday, April 10th during regular business hours at the B&N UD Bookstore.

All UD seniors are encouraged to attend Life After UD resource fair Wednesday, April 10 – Friday, April 12 on the second floor of the B&N UD Bookstore to pick up your regalia. The three-day event will help graduates learn about the resources available to them as they transition from students to alumni, and all attendees will leave with special giveaways. Grad Fair will run 10am-1pm Wednesday, April 10th; noon-3pm Thursday, April 11th; 10am-1pm Friday, April 12th.

If you are looking to buy separate pieces (just a tassel, just a hood, just a gown, just a cap), you can do so by coming into the B&N UD Bookstore starting Wednesday, April 10th.


Double Majors

If you are a student graduating with a double major, you will select one major when placing your order online. When you come to the Bookstore starting April 10th to pick up your order, you will be able to purchase (and take with you) the additional hood that you need. Some majors use the same color hood, so purchasing a second hood might not be necessary. The Bookstore Staff will assist with any questions.

Renting associate, bachelor, or masters regalia is not an option. All regalia for associate, bachelor, and master candidates is keeper regalia.

If you are trying to order regalia and you do not see your major listed on the website, please email Lindsey at and we will have it added after verification with the registrars office.

The University of Delaware does not participate in the distribution of Honor Cords.

For questions regarding academic regalia, please email Lindsey at

Doctoral Candidates


To participate in the Hooding Ceremony, doctoral candidates must rent their cap, gown, and hood. Doctoral regalia can be rented online using this link (site opens 1/3/24): .

Rental regalia orders must be placed by April 8th, 2024. Pick up for doctoral rental regalia will begin on Wednesday, May 15th, 2024. These must be returned no later than Saturday, June 1st, 2024 to the B&N UD Bookstore.

If you would like to purchase custom (keeper) regalia, orders are due NO LATER than March 18th, 2024. Custom regalia orders take 8-10 weeks. You can place your custom (keeper) regalia, using this link.

Diploma Frames


Diploma frames can be ordered by using this link: All Diploma Frames - All Diploma Frames - Gifts & Accessories | University of Delaware Official Bookstore (


Graduation Announcements and Rings


Balfour is the University of Delaware’s official graduation retailer for announcements and rings.  You can order custom announcements and rings using this link:  Please allow 3 weeks for delivery of announcements and 8 weeks for delivery of rings.


Faculty Rentals


Faculty rentals must be placed by Monday, April 8th, 2024. We cannot ensure delivery by Commencement of any orders placed after this date. Orders can be placed by emailing Lindsey at the bookstore at Please provide the following information:


Phone Number:




Your Highest Degree:

Institution where you received your highest degree:

Who will be paying for your rental? Name & Phone Number

Are you attending Commencement, Convocation, and/or the PhD Hooding Ceremony?

What department are you with on campus?

If a faculty member is looking to order custom University of Delaware regalia, they can place an order online NO LATER than March 18, 2024 to ensure delivery. Here is the link for ordering custom UD regalia:

If you are looking to purchase custom regalia for a different institution, please email Lindsey at the Bookstore at to inquire about additional details.

How to Wear Your Graduation Hood and Cap

The Graduation hood depends on your major and degree. The pictures below are for a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. Your regalia may be a different color or style, but the instructions for wearing the hood are the same.

  1. Place the hood around your neck and shoulders so that the major portion hangs down your back and the velvet border is up.
  2. If possible, fasten the cord on the front of the hood to your shirt or dress to help keep the hood away from your neck.
  3. Looking from the front, the velvet border should be on the top.
  4. Looking from the back, the satin lining of the hood should be exposed by rolling the velvet border back. The tip (or tail) should be pointing away from you.
  5. Caps are to be worn squarely on top of the head with tassel:
  • Right side for bachelors’ and associates’ degree candidates, after degrees are conferred, move the tassel to the left side.
  • Left side for doctoral and masters’ degree candidates.