Caps & Gowns

Commencement 2021 information 

Online orders are now being accepted at www.yale.edu/sis through Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  You wil have the option to have your regalia shipped directly to you from Oak Hall.  Valid shipping addresses are required when ordering regalia.    

The Cap and Gown Agency is proud to continue offering eco-friendly caps and gowns for students that are made from 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. This line of graduation wear, manufactured by Oak Hall, is named GreenWeaver. The fabric is made from spun molten plastic pellets and the result is a fabric so comfortably soft you have to feel it to believe it! It takes an average of 23 bottles to make each gown.

ASA takes pride in its ongoing commitment in support of the University’s sustainability goals by continuing to offer GreenWeaver attire for Yale’s Commencement. In fostering GreenWeaver at Yale, we are hopeful that this movement will have an impact on other Colleges and Universities in making a choice to “go green” on their campuses.  For more information and details on GreenWeaver attire, please visit the Oak Hall.

The Cap and Gown Agency, a student-run organization, coordinates the ordering and distribution of commencement gowns for undergraduates and the graduate & professional students of Yale.

Cap & Gown Order Deadlines 

Ordering Schedule

Date Description
   
March 17 - April 13 All regalia orders must be placed by midnight April 13, 2021.
After
April 13
No orders received after April 13 will be processed.
If students miss the April 13 deadline, there will be a very limited number of extra caps, gowns and hoods available during  regalia distribution.  All extras will be on a first-come, first-served basis. At that time, an additional $5.00 shipping charge, along with a $10.00 late fee, will be added to the attire cost.  Credit card (MasterCard & VISA) payments will be accepted.

Guide to Academic Regalia

Avoid late fees: place your orders with payment by April 13!

All Students - NO Returns – Attire is yours to KEEP!

Ordering Information

ONLINE Ordering at www.yale.edu/sis  or click here

The Cap and Gown Agency has provided students with a convenient way to place their cap and gown orders online with the option to pay by credit card or student account billing. (Note: if you opt to pay by student charge, student account billing will be available through 4 pm on April 1 to students who currently have the privilege of charging designated goods and services to their student accounts.)
Students can access online ordering through Yale’s Student Information System (SIS) web site at www.yale.edu/sis. After logging into the Main Menu, click on Commencement Menu, then Order Cap & Gown and follow the instructions.

MAIL and DROP OFF ordering information is unavailable for Commencement 2021 due to COVID restrictions for office hours.

Yale College Seniors: 

Seniors can pick up their attire at Payne Whitney Gym at the distribution times listed below.   The cap, gown and tassel fee is $32.00* and are yours to keep.

GRADUATE and PROFESSIONAL Students:

The fee for the Master’s cap, gown, hood and tassel is $59.00*; separately, the fee for the Master’s hood is $25.00* and the gown is $34.00*.

The fee for the Doctoral cap, gown, hood and tassel is $68.00*; separately, the fee for the Doctoral hood is $29.00* and the gown is $39.00*.

Students can pick up their attire at the Payne Whitney Gym beginning Wednesday, May 19. Please see the distribution schedule below for additional information.

Note: No refunds will be given after the order deadline of April 13, 2021.

*Price does not include CT Sales tax of 6.35%

Faculty Rental Attire:

Faculty should return the completed rental order form and payment to the designated contact person listed for their appropriate school or college. This list and other information are available at  commencement.yale.edu. For your convenience, faculty attire will be delivered to the designated contact person by Tuesday, May 18.

Distribution Schedule

Late pick-up:  Graduates may pick-up regalia on Monday, 5/24/21, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at 246 Church Street.

Attire may be picked up at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium John J. Lee Amphitheater, located to the right of the main entrance, during the hours listed below. Please bring your Yale I.D. If you are unable to pick up your attire at any of these times, you must make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. The person who is picking up your attire must present their Yale I.D. (or a valid official I.D.) with a note and your signature giving them permission to pick up your attire.

There will be a very limited number of extra caps, gowns and hoods available during  regalia distribution.  All extras will be on a first-come, first-served basis. At that time, an additional $5.00 shipping charge, along with a $10.00 late fee, will be added to the attire cost. 

Cap & Gown Distribution Schedule
Date Time
Tuesday, May 18 (YC Seniors and School of Nursing students only) 10 am - 2 pm
Wednesday, May 19 11 am - 5 pm
Thursday, May 20 11 am - 5 pm
Friday, May 21 11 am - 3 pm
Saturday, May 22 8 am - 12 pm
Sunday, May 23

8 am - 10 am

In an effort to follow the university’s events & gatherings policy, when picking up regalia, students must wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

To assist with the social distancing policy, we ask that on Wednesday, May 19th and Thursday, May 20th

  • students with last names beginning with A-M arrive between 11am-2pm
  • students with last names beginning with N-Z arrive between 2pm-5pm.

While we encourage adherence to these time slots for the sake of abiding by social distance measures, we understand that this may not work in everyone’s schedule. If you find that you are unable to come during the above prescribed times, please feel free to come during another distribution time. 

Oak Hall, the company that provides Yale’s attire, also customizes “Yale blue” regalia for purchase. Information on purchasing regalia is available by directly contacting Oak Hall @ 1 800 223 0429 or visit commencement.yale.edu for additional information.

FAQs

Q. How can a student pay for her/his commencement attire?

A. Students can order online at www.yale.edu/sis and pay by credit card or student charge (for those students who currently have the privilege of charging designated goods and services to their student accounts, charging will be available to them until 4 pm on April 1). Payments can also be made by credit card or check and returned to the ASA office with the completed order form.  We do no accept American Express.

Q. What if I am graduating with two degrees?

A. The official policy is that you can only wear one hood for commencement. You will have to decide which hood to order (usually that of the higher degree).

Q. What if I can’t pick up the gown myself?

A. If you are unable to pick up your attire at any of these times, you must make arrangements for someone else to pick it up for you. The person who is picking up your attire must present their Yale I.D. (or a valid official photo I.D.) with a note and your signature giving them permission to pick up your attire.

Q. Where can I find more information about commencement?

A. Go to commencement.yale.edu

If you have any more questions or comments, please contact us at asa.yale.edu.