ACADEMIC ROBES (CAPS, GOWNS AND HOODS)

All candidates planning to march in the Commencement procession must be robed. Retainable RED caps, gowns and hoods can be purchased at the University Bookstores starting April 16th for bachelors and masters candidates. The cap and gown package will be available to purchase at the Graduation Fair on March 26 & 27, 2013.

Robes and hoods are designed differently for each level of degree. You need to ask for the gown that corresponds to your degree, e.g., bachelors, masters or doctoral. 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 red for bachelor and gold for the master degrees, while the tassel worn by the doctoral candidate is short gold.

Undergraduate and Graduate purchase price for academic attire:
Degree - Cap, Gown, and Hood
Bachelor’s - $70.98 (plus tax) available to purchase in the bookstore 4/16/13
Master’s - $75.98 (plus tax) availabe to purchase in the bookstore 4/16/13

Distant Learner candidates should check with University Bookstore in advance to arrange for shipping if needed.


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

For additional information, contact the University Bookstore on West Campus (Melville Library Plaza) at 631-632-6543 or 631-632-4500. Academic attire will also be available to purchase at Matthews HSC Bookstore on East Campus (L2, Rm. 310) at 631-444-3685.

If you cannot get to the University Bookstore to purchase your academic attire, it can be ordered. Contact the University Bookstore at 631-632-6543 to order and have shipped to you. In order to do this, your order must be placed by May 10th to assure that you will have it on time. Use the following link for additional SB items available at the University Bookstore: http://sunysb.bkstore.com/bkstore/

All Doctoral Candidates should rent the special Stony Brook University caps, gowns, and hoods, also known as academic regalia or academic robes, at the University Bookstore on West Campus. The cost for this rental is $145.50 (plus tax ).

Doctoral On-Line Ordering as of 4/19/13 on-line ordering is no longer available. Check directly with the bookstore to see what academic attire is available to rent. To order after 4/19/13, print, complete and return the Doctoral Cap and Gown late order.

Academic hoods are a centuries-old symbol of academic achievement. The satin lining is designed in the colors of the institution awarding the degree; for Stony Brook, the colors are blue and gold, representing the State University of New York. 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. The short tassel worn by the doctoral candidate is gold.

Main Commencement Ceremony: If a candidate does not wish to wear a cap and gown, we will seat non-robed students in specific reserved seating. A special ticket is required and may be picked up in the Office of Conferences and Special Events in early May.