Regalia | Graduates

Graduation regalia

General information

All participating graduates must wear academic regalia. Those in active military service and ROTC candidates may wear the prescribed dress uniform.

In order to pick up Commencement tickets in May, you will need to provide confirmation that you’ve made your regalia arrangements. You have three options for obtaining your regalia—please select one and pay close attention to the associated ticket pick-up instructions.

Missed the deadline? If you didn’t order your regalia by the May 4 deadline, late rentals are available for the increased fee of $69.50 (size availability is not guaranteed). Please complete the online form by Friday, May 17. Alternatively, you may acquire regalia from a source other than the Coop. However, all graduating students must complete the form and indicate their regalia plans prior to arriving to pick up Commencement tickets.

ROTC CANDIDATES

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.

Ordering your regalia: Options

You have three options for obtaining your regalia—please select one and pay close attention to the associated ticket pick-up instructions.

Your regalia arrangements Ticket pick-up instructions

Option 1: Order your regalia online from the MIT Coop (by May 17)

Please have your MIT ID on you and be prepared to show it to staff when you pick up your tickets.

Option 2: Borrow regalia from a friend or family member, or purchase from a vendor other than the MIT Coop

Before you arrive to pick up your tickets, please complete the online form to indicate your plan to borrow or purchase from an alterative vendor. Under Regalia Options, please select I don't need to order regalia and complete the form. When you arrive to pick up your tickets, have your MIT ID on you, as well as either (a) a photo of your wearing your borrowed regalia (picture on phone is sufficient) or (b) your regalia receipt from an alternate vendor.

Option 3: Active military and Air Force, Army, Marine, or Navy ROTC candidates - Wear the prescribed dress uniform instead of academic regalia (more)

Before you arrive to pick up your tickets, please complete the online form to indicate your plan to wear your uniform. Under Regalia Options, please select I don't need to order regalia and submit form. When you arrive to pick up your tickets , have your MIT ID on you, as well as a photo of you wearing your dress uniform (a picture on phone is sufficient).

2019 Rental and purchase fees

Item Rental fee (as of May 5, 2019)

Purchase price 
 

Black Bachelor’s gown $69.50 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)
 
Purchase deadline:
May 4, 2019
Black Master’s gown $69.50 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)
 
Purchase deadline:
May 4, 2019
Black Doctoral gown $69.50 (includes cap and tassel to be kept as souvenirs)  
MIT Doctoral degree regalia#

No longer available (as of May 5, 2019)
 

Purchase deadline: 
May 4, 2019

Country stole   $44.98

Doctoral candidates: Please note that you do not have to order an academic hood—your hood will be presented to you at the Doctoral Ceremony.

 # 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
**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 require six weeks' turnaround time and will be shipped to the address you provide. 

Dates and deadlines

  • If you didn’t order your regalia by the May 4 deadline, late rentals are available for the increased fee of $69.50 (size availability is not guaranteed). Please complete the online form by Friday, May 17.

  • Whether you are planning to wear your approved military uniform or wear regalia from another source (borrowed or purchased elsewhere), please see options 2 and 3 (above) and complete the form.

Picking up your rented regalia

Your rented regalia, along with your Commencement tickets, may be picked up in the Bush Room (10-105) beginning on May 22. The pick-up schedule is as follows: 

Pick-up dates and times
Days Times
May 22, 23, and 24 12 pm – 5 pm
May 28, 29, 30, and 31 9 am – 5 pm
June 3, 4, and 5 9 am – 5 pm
June 6 7 am – 5 pm
June 7 (Commencement Day!)

Beginning at 7 am in LOBBY 7

Regalia rental return

Regalia rentals must be returned to staff in person with your MIT ID as follows:

Return to Lobby 13:

Friday, June 7: Immediately after Commencement until 7 pm
Saturday, June 8: 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, June 9: 10 am – 5 pm
Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11: 9 am – 5 pm

Return to Room 7-121 (MIT Information Center):

Wednesday, June 12 through Friday, June 14: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday, June 14, 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.

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Group of graduates wearing cap and gown