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Cap and Gown FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I reserve my cap & gown?

Before graduation, graduates will receive an information package from the Ceremonies and Special Events Office. You will be instructed to pay online using a credit card to reserve your Cap & Gown. If you wish to use another form of payment then you must either come into the Bookstore in person or send the appropriate amount via cheque or money order. Cap & gown must be reserved and paid for prior to convocation.

How do I pay for my cap & gown?

Credit cards are preferable and cash, cheques, debit card and money orders are also accepted in person.

How much does it cost?

Bachelor's Cap & Gown Rental :: $30.00
Master's Cap & Gown Rental :: $30.00
Doctoral Cap & Gown Rental :: $30.00
Diploma/Certificate Gown Rental * :: $20.00
PhD Hat or Hood only Rental :: $10.00
PhD Gown only Rental :: $10.00

How do I determine my size?

Gown sizes are determined by your height.
Cap sizes are determined by your head measurement. Measure the circumference of your head with a tape measure, at temple height in inches.

Where do I pick-up my cap & gown?

Please go to the Senate Chambers, Room A180 in the University Centre located by the Records & Admissions Office. Be sure to arrive at least one and a half hours before the ceremony to avoid lineups and possibly delaying your arrival in the Clearihue "C" Wing Marshaling Rooms

Will I need identification to pick-up my cap & gown?

Please bring identification (preferably your student card). Your regalia rental is reserved under your name.

What if I return my cap & gown late?

There will be a $5 per item per day late fee that will be billed to you for late returns.

Can I purchase my own cap & gown?

Yes. Please contact the Bookstore by email or telephone 250.721.8311. Academic regalia is made to order from our supplier in eastern Canada. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery.

Can I rent cap & gown for photographs if I am not in the ceremony?

Yes. Academic cap & gown for individual rentals can be arranged by email or by calling the Bookstore 250.721.8311. A daily rental fee of $10.00 per item (cap, gown & hood) per day (except for Sunday) and delivery and return postage for out-of-town reservations will apply. The shipping charges will vary depending on where you live and the method of shipping. Payment by credit card is required for rentals of regalia outside of convocation. We require 72 hours notice to arrange cap & gown pick-up and 2 weeks notice for delivery.
Please note: we are unable to provide cap & gown for individual rentals during the months of June and November as cap & gown inventory is reserved for all graduation ceremonies during these times.