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. 

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 tassel) from Oak Hall.  This exclusively ensures that regalia worn at graduation will be uniform and is required.

Regalia for associate, bachelor, and master students is now available for pick up at the B&N UD Bookstore! You can pick up your cap & gown Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday Noon-6pm at the Online Pickup Window on the second floor through May 21st, 2023.

If you missed the deadline (4/10/2023) for ordering regalia online, you need to come into the B&N UD Bookstore during normal business hours (Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday noon-6pm) to purchase regalia if you are local.

If you are not local, starting Monday, April 17th, 2023 through Wednesday, May 10th you can place an order for your regalia to be shipped to your residence by calling the B&N UD Bookstore at 302-831-2424. The fee for shipping is $8.99.  

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 during normal business hours.

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

The B&N UD Bookstore does not provide Honor Cords.

Doctoral Candidates


To participate in the Hooding Ceremony, doctoral candidates must rent their cap, gown, and hood.  The deadline for ordering PhD rental regalia was April 10th, 2023 to ensure delivery by the Hooding Ceremony. If you have missed this deadline, please call 302-831-2424 ASAP to arrange for a rental. PhD Rental regalia will be available starting May 17th, 2023.  You will receive an email when it is ready for pickup at the Bookstore.

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


Any faculty members who need regalia, should email Lindsey Collings at

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.