You may either rent or purchase regalia. All graduates participating in the Commencement Exercises and/or Hooding Ceremony must wear academic regalia. The only exception is for those in active military service, who wear the prescribed dress uniform for their branches of the Service.
Do not discard your regalia rental or purchase receipt: you will need it to pick up your Commencement tickets.
Regalia orders are placed through the MIT Coop. We recommend that you go to the store in person to be properly fitted and provided with the correct regalia for this milestone event.
Rental fee for a regular black gown, cap, and tassel is $42 (Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral). The cap and tassel may be kept as souvenirs. PhD and ScD candidates, please note that you do not have to order an academic hood: your hood will be presented to you at the Hooding Ceremony.
Regalia orders should be placed no later than Friday, April 24. Beginning Monday, April 27, a late fee of $25 will be added to orders. If you do not reserve your regalia before Saturday, May 2, a number of extra gowns will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, June 5 (the late fee will be applied).
You may order your regalia in-person on the following dates:
- Monday, April 6 through Saturday, May 2, at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square (orders will be taken during regular store hours)
- Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24, at the Stratton Student Center (from 10 am - 4 pm each day)
Regalia rental pick-up
You may then pick up your regalia on the following dates:
- Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 4, at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square during store hours
- Friday, June 5, at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square beginning at 7 am (note: you are advised to pick up your regalia in advance of Commencement Day!)
Regalia rental return
Deadline to return regalia: Saturday, June 13, at 6 pm. Failure to return by this time will result in a charge equal to the full retail price of the regalia.
Purchase: Doctoral degree regalia
Doctoral degree regalia designed specifically for MIT PhD and ScD degree holders is available for purchase through the MIT Coop in Kendall Square. The gown is of gray faille with red velvet front trim and sleeve bars. The hat of gray faille is an octagonal tam with a red tassel. Please note that you do not have to order an academic hood: your hood will be presented to you at the Hooding Ceremony.
A limited number of Doctoral gowns are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis for $170. This price includes a new 8-corner tam and red tassel (valued at $86) that you can keep.
If you wish to purchase Doctoral regalia, the order must be placed by Friday, May 1, to guarantee receipt in time for Commencement. Please visit the Coop in Kendall Square, call (617) 499-3200, or email the Coop for more information.