graduationParticipation in an academic procession requires that appropriate academic robes be worn. This requirement includes faculty advisors who accompany their Ph.D. candidates.

Caps, Gowns, and hoods, also known as academic regalia or academic robes, may be purchased in the University Bookstore. You need to ask for the gown that corresponds to your degree, e.g., bachelor's, master's or doctoral. Robes and hoods are designed differently for each level of degree. Retainable caps and gowns for bachelor and master candidates are red. Doctoral candidates: Special Stony Brook doctoral robes should be rented at the University Bookstore.

Academic hoods are a centuries-old symbol of academic achievement. The satin lining is designed in the colors of the institution awarding the degree; in your case, the colors are blue and gold representing the State University of New York. The velvet border is the appropriate color for the degree, e.g., Bachelor of Arts is white, Bachelor of Science is yellow, Master of Music is pink, etc. The velvet trim on a Ph.D. hood is always philosophy blue. A Doctorate of Music is pink, while a Doctorate of Arts is white. Tassels are long red for the bachelor’s and long gold for the master’s degrees while the tassel worn by the doctoral candidates are short gold.

Note: Candidates receiving certificates should wear a hood signifying their highest earned degree.

Retainable Academic Attire - will be available in the campus bookstore beginning November 15, 2012.

Cost for retailable academic attire (includes cap, gown and hood):

  • Bachelors - $67.98 plus tax
  • Masters - $73.98 plus tax

Doctoral Rentals - must be ordered through the Herff Jones website noted on instructions below (deadline to order is 11/16/12):

Faculty Rentals - Faculty academic attire rentals should be ordered September 25 through November 30, 2012. To reserve your attire on-line use the following information:

Orders may be placed after November 30th by completing the order form below and emailing to:

Faculty regalia will be available to pick up beginning December 17, 2012, at the University Bookstore Monday through Friday, 8:15 am to 6:00 pm.