Cap and Gown Information

Graduates may pick up their caps and gowns (and honor cords, as appropriate) in the Bookstore, located on the first floor of Building 7, during the week of the Commencement Ceremony. Bookstore pick-up hours will be Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • You must present a valid photo ID (either your Tartan Card or driver's license) to pick up your cap and gown.
  • The cost for a cap and gown package is $10, paid upon pick up of caps and gowns.
  • The Bookstore does not require you to pre-order your cap and gown or turn in your sizes.
  • Graduates are urged to unpack their gowns and hang them up to remove any wrinkles. You do not need to return the caps and gowns – they are yours to keep.

When you pick up your cap and gown, you will also receive your graduation card. You MUST bring this card with you to the ceremony. This card will have your name on it and will be used during the ceremony to call your name as you proceed through the graduation line. Again, you must bring this card with you!

Graduation announcements may be purchased from the Bookstore. Individual announcements (including envelopes) can be purchased for $.25 each. A pack of ten announcements (with envelopes) can be purchased for $2.00 per pack.

For information regarding orders, contact the Bookstore at (937) 512-2665 or  

All graduates are required to wear their cap and gown at the ceremony. Tassels should be worn to the graduate’s right side. Participants are encouraged to exercise good judgment in selecting their wardrobe for the ceremony. While the traditional ceremonial gown provides ample coverage, participants are asked to refrain from wearing shorts and/or sandals. The University of Dayton Arena is NOT equipped with air conditioning. Although the ceremony will be held in the cooler, evening hours, participants may want to dress with appropriate clothing underneath your cap and gown. Additionally, graduates will be walking up and down the Arena stairs and are encouraged to wear shoes that will ease this process. Shoes with tall heels are strongly discouraged.