All graduates are required to wear a cap and gown at Sunday’s Commencement ceremony and at Friday and Saturday school/college Convocations.


The Syracuse University Bookstore  coordinates cap and gown sizing and distribution for SU and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Questions? Call the Bookstore Commencement hotline at 315-443-1671. All degree candidates participating in Commencement must wear academic regalia.

Distribution Times and Locations

Please note different dates and locations for SU and ESF distribution.

Syracuse University bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates may pick up caps and gowns in the Schine Student Center, Main Campus.

Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11- Schine Bookstore Lower Level, 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 12- Schine Bookstore Lower Level, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


ESF bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral candidates may pick up caps and gowns in the Bray Hall first-floor Rotunda:
Wednesday, May 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bachelor Degree Candidates

Custom Design Recycled Gowns

Bachelor’s candidates will receive an SU or ESF gown at no charge. The SU gown, blue with orange seal and piping, and the ESF gown, green with white seal and piping, are custom designed and made from fibers produced from recycled plastic bottles. Students do not pre-order caps and gowns. They are measured for and given their free gown at a distribution site.

Master’s Degree Candidates

Traditional Design Recycled Gowns

Master’s candidates will wear the traditional black gown and appropriate hood. Regalia are available for purchase at the distribution locations listed or online at The master’s cap, gown, and hood are yours to keep.

(Prices do not include 8 percent sales tax)

Master’s recycled cap and gown $39.95
Master’s hood $29.95

Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral candidates will wear the newly designed custom gown, velvet tam, and appropriate hood. Visit Syracuse University Bookstore  for rental distribution information.

Doctoral rentals must be returned to the main bookstore in the Schine Student Center by 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13.

(Prices do not include 8 percent sales tax)

Doctoral cap and custom gown rental $79.95
Doctoral hood rental $39.95

SUNY ESF Doctoral Candidates will wear traditional black doctoral rental gowns with black velvet panels and chevrons ($46.95), and will receive their doctoral hoods at convocation.

Payment Methods

Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and University Bookstore charge.