Regalia | Graduates


Commencement 2016

All graduates participating in the Commencement Exercises must wear academic regalia. Those in active military service may wear the prescribed dress uniform. You may either rent or purchase regalia. Information on renting regalia will be sent to all degree candidates.

IMPORTANT: Do not discard your regalia rental or purchase receipt: you will need it to pick up your Commencement tickets.


The MIT Coop recommends that you come to the store in person to be properly fitted and provided with the correct regalia. Regalia orders will be taken at the following locations during the specified dates and times:

MIT Coop, Kendall Square Monday, April 4 – Saturday, April 30 M-F 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sat 10 am - 6 pm
Stratton Student Center (W20) Tuesday, April 19 – Friday, April 22 10 am - 4 pm

Regalia rental fees

Bachelor's regular black cap and gown*    $42
Master's regular black cap and gown*    $42
Doctoral regular black cap and gown*    $42

*Recipients may keep cap and tassel as souvenirs.

Doctoral candidates: A limited number of custom PhD gray faille with red velvet trims gowns are available for a $170 rental fee. This price includes a new eight-corner tam and red tassel (valued at $86) that may be kept as a souvenir. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please reserve early. Doctoral degree regalia may also be purchased. Pricing and details may be found below. You do not need to purchase your hood—this will be presented to you on stage during the Hooding Ceremony.

Late fees

Orders placed on or after Monday, April 25 will be subject to a $25 late fee. If you do not reserve your regalia before April 30, a number of extra gowns will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from Monday, May 23 through Friday, June 3 (Commencement Day) and subject to the $25 late fee.

If you are interested in purchasing your regalia instead of renting, the prices are as follows:

Doctoral gown** $698
Doctoral tam $86
Master's gown $252
Master's cap $38
Bachelor's gown $221
Bachelor's cap $38


**Orders must be placed by Friday, April 29 to guarantee receipt in time for MIT Commencement. You are invited to order one in person at the MIT COOP in Kendall Square. For further information, call 617-499-3220 or email


Rentals will be available for pickup at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square Monday, May 23 – Thursday, June 2, during store hours (see above). Rentals may also be picked up beginning at 7 am on the morning of Commencement, Friday, June 3. We highly recommend picking up your regalia as soon as possible—save yourself the worry on Commencement morning!

Regalia must be returned to the MIT Coop in Kendall Square by Saturday, June 11 at 6 pm. Failure to adhere to the terms of the rental agreement will result in a charge for the full retail value of the regalia.


Air Force, Marine, and Navy ROTC candidates may wear the prescribed dress uniform instead of academic regalia, provided they have spoken with their respective commanders and have been given the correct rank to wear with their service dress. Army candidates, please note that because the commissioning ceremony takes place after Commencement, regulations require academic regalia for the Exercises.