Proper academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for graduates to participate in any commencement ceremony. All graduates are responsible for purchasing or renting their own academic regalia from the University Bookstore. For questions regarding the rental or purchase of regalia, please call the bookstore at 216.368.2650 or 800.825.2650. Commencement day involves a great deal of walking. Graduates should plan on dressing comfortably without being overly casual.

Case Western Reserve University bachelor's and master's regalia are made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly caps and gowns reinforce the university's commitment to sustainability.

Please do not wait until Sunday to pick up your regalia if you plan to attend the convocation. The academic procession to the Veale Convocation Center for convocation will begin before the bookstore opens.

Graduates are permitted to wear cords, stoles, medals or pins that recognize academic achievement. Symbols of social or fraternal organizations or of personal interest should not be worn.

2015 Regalia Pricing

Bachelors (Cap, Gown & Tassel): $52.98
Tassel only: $9.98
Total, tax included w/ custom Case tassel insignia: $67.99

Masters (Cap, Gown, & Tassel): $54.98
Hood: $36.98
Total, tax included w/ Case custom tassel insignia: $99.32
Late Fee (Charged after registration is closed): $10.00

Doctoral Rental
Gown: $80.60
Hood: $30.30
Tam (Student Purchase): $77.00
Total, tax included: $202.93

Purchase Price for Custom Regalia (Doctoral)
Gown: $651.00
Hood: $135.00
Tam: $77.00
Total, tax included: $932.04
Total, tax &shipping included: $947.99

If doctoral student chooses to purchases the rental regalia after commencement the rental fee will be subtracted from the retail price.
Total, tax included: $729.11

Contact the University Bookstore at 216.368.2650 or 800.825.2650 for professional/doctoral regalia purchase pricing.

Each individual cap and gown order arrives pre-sorted with a copy of the order attached to it. Each order contains the cap and gown, which correspond with the sizes indicated on the graduate's form, plus the tassel and, in the case of graduate and professional students, the appropriate academic hood.

The colors on the inside of the hood (blue and gray) indicate that the graduate wearing the hood earned his or her degree from Case Western Reserve University. The colored velvet on the outside of the hood indicates in what discipline the degree was earned. For your information, please see the list below of disciplines and their corresponding academic hood colors (not all programs listed are offered at Case Western Reserve University):

  • Agriculture: Maize
  • Arts, Letters, Humanities: White
  • Commerce, Accountancy, Business: Drab
  • Dentistry: Lilac
  • Economics: Copper
  • Education: Light Blue
  • Engineering: Orange
  • Fine Arts, including Architecture: Brown
  • Law: Purple
  • Library Science: Lemon
  • Medicine: Green
  • Music: Pink
  • Nursing: Apricot
  • Oratory (Speech): Silver Gray
  • Pharmacy: Olive Green
  • Philosophy: Dark Blue
  • Physical Education: Sage Green
  • Public Administration, including Foreign Service: Peacock Blue
  • Public Health: Salmon Pink
  • Science: Golden Yellow
  • Social Work: Citron
  • Theology: Scarlet
  • Veterinary Science: Gray

In the event that your regalia does not fit, return to the University Bookstore to exchange it. Your gown should have a length that falls around the midpoint of your lower leg between your knee and your ankle, and your cap should fit well but not be excessively loose or tight.

There is no need to have your cap and gown dry-cleaned or hand-washed; all regalia is clean upon arrival. However, it is strongly recommended that your gown be ironed or steamed before the ceremony.

Graduates earning more than one degree should rent/purchase only the regalia for the highest degree earned.