Cap + Gown

Your Commencement Regalia

Proper academic regalia (cap and gown) is required for graduates to participate in any commencement ceremony. All graduates are responsible for obtaining their own academic regalia from the University Bookstore. Graduates earning more than one degree should obtain only the regalia for the highest degree earned.

Case Western Reserve University regalia is made in America by Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Bachelor's and master's gowns are made using innovative GreenWeaver fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. This eco-friendly choice reinforces the university's commitment to sustainability.

For questions regarding regalia, please contact the University Bookstore at 216.368.2650 or 800.825.2650.

Bachelor's and master's students

Students are encouraged to attend Grad Fair during March 27-28, 2019 to purchase their cap and gown. Bachelor’s and master’s regalia will remain available for purchase at the bookstore until the end of April. Bachelor’s regalia includes gown, cap and tassel. Master’s regalia includes gown, cap, tassel and academic hood.

Professional and doctoral students

Students earning a professional or doctoral degree may opt to rent or purchase regalia. This selection is made during the commencement sign up process. Professional and doctoral regalia will be ready for pick up/payment at the University Bookstore during May 13-18, 2019. 

Do not wait until commencement day to pick up your regalia. The academic procession to the Veale Convocation Center for convocation will begin before the bookstore opens.


Graduates are permitted to wear with their academic regalia cords and stoles conferred and provided by University offices or recognized student organizations that reflect academic honors or participation in particular University programs or activities. Graduates are permitted to embellish their caps, keeping in mind the spirit of the occasion and the parameters of good taste.

What to Wear

Graduates should plan on dressing comfortably without being overly casual or informal. Commencement day involves a great deal of walking. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended.

Garment Fit and Care

In the event that your regalia does not fit, return to the University Bookstore to exchange it. Your gown should have a length that falls around the midpoint of your lower leg between your knee and your ankle, and your cap should fit well but not be excessively loose or tight.

There is no need to have your cap and gown dry-cleaned or hand-washed; all regalia is clean upon arrival. However, it is strongly recommended that your gown be ironed or steamed before the ceremony.

Curious about how to wear your cap and gown? Check out Oak Hall's video tutorials

Academic Hoods

The colors on the inside of the hood (blue and gray) indicate that the graduate wearing the hood earned his or her degree from Case Western Reserve University. The colored velvet on the outside of the hood indicates in what discipline the degree was earned. Traditional academic hood colors are listed below (not all programs listed are offered at Case Western Reserve University):

  • Agriculture: Maize
  • Arts, Letters, Humanities: White
  • Commerce, Accountancy, Business: Drab
  • Dentistry: Lilac
  • Economics: Copper
  • Education: Light Blue
  • Engineering: Orange
  • Fine Arts, including Architecture: Brown
  • Law: Purple
  • Library Science: Lemon
  • Medicine: Green
  • Music: Pink
  • Nursing: Apricot
  • Oratory (Speech): Silver Gray
  • Pharmacy: Olive Green
  • Philosophy: Dark Blue
  • Physical Education: Sage Green
  • Public Administration, including Foreign Service: Peacock Blue
  • Public Health: Salmon Pink
  • Science: Golden Yellow
  • Social Work: Citron
  • Theology: Scarlet
  • Veterinary Science: Gray

University Bookstore Hours

The University Bookstore regular hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

During the week of commencement, the University Bookstore hours will be as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17, 2019: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.