Caps & Gowns

In order to participate in ceremonies during Commencement Weekend, you will need University-approved regalia. Barnes & Noble at Boston University is the approved supplier for caps and gowns to graduates. Bachelor’s and master’s candidates purchase their keepsake regalia sets and doctoral candidates rent their regalia set.

Orders for campus pickup are available now
at the Barnes & Noble at Boston University.


The online ordering process has now concluded, per the deadlines below. (Please see below for more information regarding Honor Cords.)

Friendly Reminder:

A limited selection of regalia will be available at the bookstore beginning April 16th. While every attempt will be made to provide walk-ins with the regalia appropriate for your degree, sufficient inventory cannot be guaranteed.


March 25: Order your Cap & Gown by March 25 for campus pickup option. Campus pickup orders will be available beginning May 6 at Barnes & Noble at Boston University.

April 1: Doctoral Rental Regalia: All Cap & Gown orders must be placed by April 1. If you have not ordered your doctoral regalia, visit the bookstore beginning April 16 for assistance.

April 15: Bachelor’s & Master’s Regalia: Order your Cap & Gown by April 15.



$70 includes:

  • Red Gown
  • Black Cap
  • Tassel


$115 includes:

  • Red Gown
  • Black Cap
  • Tassel
  • Master hood

Doctoral (rental)*

$105 includes

  • Gown with velvet panels and sleeve chevrons
  • Black velvet tam
  • Tassel
  • Doctoral hood

*All rented doctoral regalia must be returned by May 28 to avoid replacement charges.

Campus pickup rental regalia needs to be returned to Barnes & Noble at BU by May 28, after which they must be returned by mail to Herff Jones.

Home shipped rental regalia comes with a return label to return directly to Herff Jones by June 1.

View the BU Color Chart.

Note about Honor Cords: Honor cords cannot be purchased. They are distributed to the appropriate students through the schools & colleges. If you have any questions, please contact your school/college coordinator listed on the Ceremonies page.


Custom-made gowns, hoods, and caps/tams are also available for purchase; pricing is based on requirements. Custom orders may be placed at any time, but to ensure arrival by Commencement, orders must be made by Friday, March 29.   Purchase/order Custom BU Regalia


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