Regalia

Graduates take a group selfie on Killian Court; photo: Jake Belcher

Overview

All participating graduates must wear academic regalia (cap and gown). Those in active military service and ROTC candidates may wear the prescribed dress uniform, provided they have spoken with their respective commanders and have been given the correct rank to wear with their service dress.

Your Commencement guest tickets will not be released to you in May unless you you’ve made your regalia arrangements. As part of the ticket distribution process, all graduates will be asked to complete in advance an online form, wherein you may order regalia from the MIT Coop or note alternate regalia arrangements (i.e., purchasing from a different vendor, borrowing from a friend, etc.). That form will be made available in early March. Please be alert to emails from the Registrar's Office and also to this website for further announcement. 

Please see additional instruction and information below. 

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Regalia options for graduates

There are three options for obtaining your regalia. Please determine your preferred option from below and follow all associated instructions. 

  • Be alert to the online form, which will be available beginning on March 2 and will close on May 2. You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office that contains the link, which will also be made available on this page. 
  • Follow the link and complete the form. You will need to be logged in with your Kerberos to see the correct options.
  • At that time, you will be provided with additional instructions for obtaining your Commencement tickets. 
  • Prices, as well as the schedule for regalia pick-ups and returns, are listed below.
  • Be alert to the online form, which will be available beginning on March 2. You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office that contains the link, which will also be made available on this page. 
  • Follow the link and complete the form. You will need to be logged in with your Kerberos to see the correct options.
  • At that time, you will be provided with additional instructions for obtaining your Commencement tickets. 

Air Force, Army, 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.

  • Be alert to the online form, which will be available beginning on March 2. You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office that contains the link, which will also be made available on this page. 
  • Follow the link and complete the form. You will need to be logged in with your Kerberos to see the correct options.
  • At that time, you will be provided with additional instructions for obtaining your Commencement tickets. 

Regalia pricing

Regalia pricing
Degree Rental pricing March 2 - May 2 Purchase pricing Mar 2 - May 2 Late rental fee (after May 2)

Black Bachelor's cap and gown

$45 $297 $70

Black Master's and EMBA cap and gown

$45 $329 $70
Black Doctoral cap and gown $45   $70
Doctoral custom gray gown*

$185.50

(includes tam, which graduate may keep)

$866 The custom gray Doctoral gown is unavailable for late rentals. Candidates will need to rent a black Doctoral gown. 

 

*A limited number of MIT gray faille Doctoral gowns are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis—please reserve early and no later than Friday, April 24.

Late pricing and availability: If you didn’t order your regalia by the May 2 deadline, late rentals for standard black regalia are available for the increased fee of $70 for black regalia (size availability is not guaranteed). Beginning on May 15, you will need to speak to an MIT COOP representative in Lobby 13 to determine if they can accommodate your order. 

 

Regalia rental pickup: Dates and locations

Your rented regalia will be available for pick-up in Lobby 13 beginning on Friday, May 15. Purchased regalia will be mailed to you at the address you provided. If a representative is picking up your pre-reserved regalia, please provide them with your MIT ID.

Rental pick-up schedule (in Lobby 13):

May 15: 12 pm - 5 pm
May 18—22: 9 am - 5 pm
May 26—28: 9 am - 5 pm
May 29 (Commencement Day): Beginning at 7 am 

Regalia rental returns: Dates and locations

Regalia rentals must be returned to staff in person with your MIT ID.

Rental return schedule (in Lobby 13):

Friday, May 29: Immediately after Commencement until 7 pm
Saturday, May 30: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, May 31: 10 am - 5 pm
Monday, June 1— Wednesday, June 3: 9 am – 5 pm

Wednesday, June 3, at 5 pm is the deadline for returning your regalia. Failure to adhere to the terms of the rental agreement will result in a charge from a late fee up to the full retail value of the regalia.

Don't forget: Watch your email! You will receive an alert when regalia ordering opens.