Academic Regalia

Students purchase their cap and gown from the Penn Bookstore. See the Graduation Timeline for dates.

Students must wear their cap and gown on Sunday for the College Graduation and on Monday for the University Commencement and should arrive at the ceremonies already robed.

To wear the hood and motarboard properly:

  • Put hood on over head with velvet side up and with small tapered end in front.
  • If hood has a cord and button, attach the hood neck cord over shirt button before closing gown, to prevent hood from riding against neck.
  • Obtain assistance to secure cord across the back to keep the back of hood together.
  • The PENN colors are turned outward out to show the red and the blue.
  • The mortarboard should be worn level on your head and not set back. Put the tassel on the right of the mortarboard until University Commencement on Monday.

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