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 theirs.
All orders for regalia must be made online.
Ordering options include home delivery and campus pickup options. It is highly recommended that all orders are placed as soon as possible to avoid processing and transit delays. Orders placed before April 1st will receive free domestic standard shipping!
March 24: Order your Cap & Gown by March 24 for campus pickup option. Campus pickup orders will be available beginning May 8 at Barnes & Noble at Boston University on the second floor.
April 1: Order your Cap & Gown by April 1 for free domestic shipping. (Shipping charges will apply for all bachelor and master regalia orders after April 1.)
Doctoral Candidates: All Cap & Gown orders must be placed by April 1. (Rental Cap & Gowns will not be available to order after April 1.)
April 15: Bachelor & Master Candidates: Order your Cap & Gown by April 15 to receive for Commencement Weekend. (Cap & Gowns will not be available to order after April 15)
MISS THE DEADLINE? A selection of regalia will be available for purchase (or rental if doctoral) at the bookstore beginning May 8. While every attempt will be made to provide walk-ins with the regalia appropriate for your degree, sufficient inventory cannot be guaranteed.
- Red Gown
- Black Cap
- Red Gown
- Black Cap
- Master hood
- Gown with velvet panels and sleeve chevrons
- Black velvet tam
- Doctoral hood
*All rented doctoral regalia must be returned by May 30 to avoid replacement charges.
Campus pickup rental regalia needs to be returned to Barnes & Noble at BU by May 30, 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 5.
View the BU Color Chart 2023.
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 31. Order Custom BU Regalia
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For further information regarding academic dress and announcements, contact Barnes & Noble at BU (firstname.lastname@example.org).