Academic Regalia (Gown and Hood)

Student wearing his 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.

Academic Regalia Rental

Gown and Hood rental is available online at

Regalia Dates and Prices

Early Bird Registration ($50)

Friday, September 6 – Friday, October 11 (before 5:00 p.m.).

Late Registration ($60)

Friday, October 11 (beginning at 5:30 p.m.) – Tuesday, October 15 (before 5:30 p.m.).

Onsite Registration ($70)

Day of Convocation Ceremony

Regalia Pick-up & Returns

Regalia Pick-Up

Your regalia is available on the day you graduate in the Mustang Lounge (UCC Main Floor).

Pick-Up for Morning Ceremonies: 7:30 a.m.
Pick-Up for Afternoon Ceremonies: 10:30 a.m.

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

Regalia Returns

Regalia must be returned to the Mustang Lounge by 6:00 p.m.

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

Academic Regalia Purchase

Academic regalia may be purchased from:

Tel. 1-800-380-8214; Website:

DSR Harcourts
Tel. 416-977-4408; Email:

Imperial Robes Limited
Tel. 416-340-6534, or 1-877-89ROBES (toll-free);