Regalia for Participating in Commencement


In order to participate in the in-person May 19th Commencement ceremony, 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 must be placed online, and the order site is open now for all degree candidates. 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.


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

April 1: Order your Cap & Gown by April 1.

Doctoral Candidates: All Cap & Gown orders must be placed by April 1. (Doctoral regalia will not be available to order after April 1)

Important Updates & Reminders:
  • All students should be recommended to order as soon as possible and by April 1st
  • Doctoral Rental Gowns – Graduating students must order online by April 1st.  All rented doctoral regalia must be returned by May 28th to avoid replacement charges.
  • Campus pickup rental regalia needs to be returned to Barnes & Noble at BU by June 1st.
  • Home shipped rental regalia comes with a return label to return directly to Herff Jones by June 1st.

Please note, if you plan to purchase regalia, the attached chart can help you to make sure the correct colors are ordered.


The BU Law regalia you recieve from Barnes & Noble should be red and will look like this:



The BU Law regalia you recieve from Barnes & Noble should be black and will look like this:

Students who object to these images on their regalia may request patches that will fully cover the existing patches. To ensure we have sufficient supplies, we request that you request these in advance. It is our understanding that BU is able to provide patches to as many students as may need them, it would be especially helpful to gauge interest in advance. To request patches, please email by May 1st. Patches will be available for pickup in office 1003 the week of May 13th while supplies last. To make a request, please email by May 1st.

For further information regarding academic dress and announcements, contact Barnes & Noble at BU.