Academic Regalia (Gown and Hood)

Academic Regalia

Academic Regalia

Those graduating must wear an academic gown (black for undergraduate and master’s degrees; purple for doctoral graduates). Exceptions to this are Indigenous students who may opt to wear traditional regalia, active military personnel who may opt to wear their dress uniform and clergy/members of religious orders who may opt to wear their religious apparel. All graduates will have the appropriate degree hood placed on their shoulders while on stage as a symbol of completion of their degree. Hoods are not required for candidates from diploma and certificate programs, but it is permissible for them to wear hoods from previously earned degrees. All candidates for degrees have the right to wear a mortarboard on stage; however, they will be required to remove it when being hooded.

Candidates for degrees DO NOT wear previously earned hoods.

To view more information on Convocation hoods, click here.

Regalia Rental

Gown and Hood rental is available starting September 11 online at

See the home page of this site for dates and rates.

Academic Regalia Pickup: Your regalia is available on the day you graduate at the Mustang Lounge.

Pick Up for Morning Ceremonies: 7:30am.
Pick up for Afternoon Ceremonies: 10:30am.

If you are graduating in the afternoon ceremony, you should pick up your regalia after 10:30am to allow the morning ceremony graduands the ability to meet their time frame.

Academic Regalia Returns: Regalia must be returned to the Mustang Lounge by 6:00pm

Souvenir Grad Caps: Available in The Book Store at Western, UCC Lower Level.

Purchase of Academic Regalia

Academic regalia may be purchased from:

The Book Store at Western
Tel. 519-661-3520 ext.84552; website:

DSR Harcourts
19 Duncan Street, 3rd floor, Toronto M5H 3H19
Tel. 416-977-4408; Email:

Imperial Robes Limited
225 Richmond Street W. Suite 401, Toronto M5V 1W2
Tel. 416-340-6534, or 1-877-89ROBES (toll-free);