Caps and Gowns

UB to reschedule commencement

Out of concern for the health and safety of our campus community, the University at Buffalo’s May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled.

See President Satish K. Tripathi's full announcement. More information will be posted on the Commencement website as it becomes available.

Information on student caps, gowns, hoods and tassels.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the University Bookstore is temporarily closed. We understand that you may have questions about caps and gowns. Answers to these questions will be posted here as soon as possible.

Bachelor’s Degree Candidates

The bachelor's set includes cap, gown, hood and tassel. All bachelor's attire is made from environmentally friendly fabrics.

For those in the UB area

  • Best deal: Purchase online January 27 – March 12. Price (subject to tax): $82.50. Option to ship to store ($5.95) or home ($12.95). Payment by credit or debit card is due when order is placed. For those who select ship to store, pick-up begins April 21 at the University Bookstore (N. Campus).

When you select bachelors on the purchase website (link above), you can be assured that you will receive a blue cap and gown set even though the photo depicts it as black.

  • Missed the online purchase period? Beginning April 21, you may purchase your set in person at the University Bookstore. Price (subject to tax): $93.50.

For those outside of the UB area

  • Best deal: Purchase online January 27 – March 12. Price (subject to tax): $82.50. Option to ship to store ($5.95) or home ($12.95). Payment by credit or debit card is due when order is placed. For those who select ship to store, pick-up begins April 21 at the University Bookstore (N. Campus).

When you select bachelors on the purchase website (link above), you can be assured that you will receive a blue cap and gown set even though the photo depicts it as black.

  • Missed the online purchase period? Beginning March 13, you may contact the University Bookstore by phone at (716) 636-6290. Price (subject to tax): $93.50. Home shipping: $12.95 (beginning April 6 that increases to $20). Deadline for home shipping orders: April 24.

Master’s Degree Candidates

The master's set includes cap, gown, hood and tassel. All master's attire is made from environmentally friendly fabrics.

For those in the UB area

  • Best deal: Purchase online January 27 – March 12. Price (subject to tax): $96.00. Option to ship to store ($5.95) or home ($12.95). Payment by credit or debit card is due when order is placed. For those who select ship to store, pick-up begins April 21 at the University Bookstore (N. Campus).
  • Missed the online purchase period? Beginning April 21, you may purchase your set in person at the University Bookstore. Price (subject to tax): $107.

For those outside of the UB area

  • Best deal: Purchase online January 27 – March 12. Price (subject to tax): $96.00. Option to ship to store ($5.95) or home ($12.95). Payment by credit or debit card is due when order is placed. For those who select ship to store, pick-up begins April 21 at the University Bookstore (N. Campus).
  • Missed the online purchase period? Beginning March 13, you may contact the University Bookstore by phone at (716) 636-6290. Price (subject to tax): $107.00. Home shipping: $12.95 (beginning April 6: that increases to $20). Deadline for home shipping orders: April 24.

Doctoral Degree Candidates

Doctoral degrees include the following:

  • AuD
  • DDS
  • DNP
  • DPT
  • EdD
  • JD
  • LLM
  • MD
  • PharmD
  • PhD

Doctoral Student Rentals

Students graduating with a doctoral degree will order their rented tam, gown, hood and tassel, online.  Please click on your school's section below for pricing and ordering information.

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Important Rental Dates

January 22 - March 6 Place your order online during this time (links below under Rental Pricing). Payment by credit or debit card is due when order is placed.   
March 7 and onward Online ordering no longer available. Please contact the University Bookstore (N. Campus) about placing your order. Late fee of $20 applies.  
April 13 Pick-up begins; all rentals are picked up from the University Bookstore (N. Campus).   

May 1: MD ceremony.

May 17: Biomedical Sciences.

All rented regalia (except for the tassel) must be returned immediately after your ceremony, on site.  

Rental Pricing (subject to tax)

  • PhD (Biomed Sciences) Set (tam, gown, hood and tassel): $88.00
  • MD Set (tam, gown, hood and tassel): $88.00
  • Additional Hood (optional) for MD with Joint Degree (MBA, PhD, MPH or DDS): $32.00
Want To Own Your Tam, Gown, Hood and Tassel?

Contact the University Bookstore at least 10 weeks prior to commencement date for details about purchasing custom UB regalia (as opposed to renting regalia).

School of Dental Medicine

Important Rental Dates

January 22 - March 6 Place your order online during this time (link below under Rental Pricing). Payment by credit or debit card is due when order is placed.  
March 7 and onward Online ordering no longer available. Please contact the University Bookstore (N. Campus) about placing your order. Late fee of $20 applies.  
April 13 Pick-up begins; all rentals are picked up from the University Bookstore (N. Campus).   
May 8 All rented regalia (except for the tassel) must be returned immediately after the ceremony, on site.  

Rental Pricing (subject to tax)

  • DDS Set (tam, gown, hood & tassel): $88.00
Want To Own Your Tam, Gown, Hood and Tassel?

Contact the University Bookstore at least 10 weeks prior to commencement date for details about purchasing custom UB regalia (as opposed to renting regalia).

All Other Schools

Important Rental Dates

Jan. 27 - March 16 Place your order online (link below under Rental Pricing). Orders placed during this time period will be available for pick-up in the University Bookstore (N. Campus) beginning 4/27. Payment due at time of pick-up.  
March 17 - April 1 Online ordering still available but late fee of $20 is applied. Orders placed during this time will be available for pick-up in the University Bookstore (N. Campus) beginning 5/08. Payment due at time of pick-up.  
April 2 Online ordering no longer available. Please contact the University Bookstore (N. Campus) if you still need to place a rental order.  
May 29 Regalia must be returned to the University Bookstore (N. Campus) by this date.  

Rental Pricing (subject to tax)

You will need a tam (rather than a mortarboard cap); please be prepared to provide your head measurement when you place your order. 

Want To Own Your Tam, Gown, Hood and Tassel?

Contact the University Bookstore at least 10 weeks prior to commencement date for details about purchasing custom UB regalia (as opposed to renting regalia).