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. Do not discard your regalia rental or purchase receipt: you will need it to pick up your Commencement tickets.
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.
Ordering your regalia
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.
You may order your regalia in-person on the following dates:
- Monday, April 3, through Saturday, April 22, at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square (orders will be taken during regular store hours)
- Tuesday, April 18, through Friday, April 21, at the Stratton Student Center (from 10 am–4 pm each day)
Regalia orders should be placed no later than Saturday, April 22. If you do not reserve your regalia before Saturday, April 22, a number of extra gowns will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 9, for an increased fee (see chart below).
Rental and purchase fees
|Item||Rental fee||Purchase price||Price May 30 through June 9|
|Black Bachelor’s gown||$43 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)||$226 for gown; $42 for cap||$68 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)|
|Black Master’s gown||$43 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)||$265 for gown; $42 for cap||$68 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)|
|Black Doctoral gown||$43 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)||$68 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)|
|MIT Doctoral degree regalia (gray faille gown with red velvet front trim and sleeve bars; includes octagonal tam of gray faille with a red tassel)||$175** (includes tam to be kept as a souvenir)||$719^ for gown; $88 for tam|
Doctoral candidates: 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 gray faille Doctoral gowns are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
^ Orders for Doctoral degree regalia purchase must be placed by Saturday, April 29, to guarantee receipt in time for MIT Commencement. You may order one in person at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square or download the order form and submit by email.
Regalia rental pick-up
You may pick up your regalia on the following dates:
- Tuesday, May 30 through Thursday, June 8 at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square during store hours
- Friday, June 9 at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square beginning at 7 am (note: for peace of mind, please pick up your regalia in advance of Commencement Day)
Regalia rental return
Deadline to return regalia to the MIT Coop in Kendall Square: Saturday, June 17 at 6 pm. Failure to return by this time will result in a charge equal upwards from a late fee to the full value of the regalia.