George Mason University

Caps, Gowns, Rings, and Announcements

Get Your Regalia Ready to March

Graduation at Mason is a traditional ceremony; graduates and faculty wear caps and gowns. You are required to wear the appropriate academic regalia.

Mason's bookstore will sponsor a Graduation Fair Tuesday through Thursday, March 3 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

Prospective graduates can purchase caps, gowns, announcements, rings, and other items, have a photo taken in regalia, and pick up Commencement information in one location.

The Science and Technology and Arlington Campus bookstores will also begin selling caps and gowns at this time. Visit the bookstore for details.

Those who miss or are unable to attend the Graduation Fair can purchase regalia at any Mason bookstore on a first-come, first-served basis. The Science and Technology and Arlington Campus bookstores will also sell caps and gowns.

Check out the University Bookstore for your regalia starting March 3.

2020 Cap and Gown Prices (plus tax)  
Bachelor Keeper Outfit  (cap, gown, and tassel) $70.98
Master Keeper Outfit (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) $114.98
Doctoral Rental Outfit (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) $164.98
Regalia is available from the George Mason Bookstore only.   


Master’s Candidates Wear Hoods

Masters Hood Colors  
Arts White
Education  Light Blue
Music  Pink
Public Health Salmon
Business Drab
Social Work Citron
Fine Arts Brown
Nursing Apricot
Engineering Orange
Science Gold
Health/Physical Education Sage Green
Public Administration/Policy Peacock Blue


Regalia for Doctoral Candidates

The deadline to order your regalia is April 12.You have two options:

  • Purchase: The cost of custom George Mason University Regalia is $799 plus tax. Measurements are required. 
  • Rental: Candidates can rent regalia for $164.98 plus tax. If you miss the April 12 deadline, there will be a $25 late charge.

Rental regalia will be available for pickup starting early December, depending on when your order was placed. We advise you to call ahead to make sure your regalia is here. You must return your rental regalia immediately after the ceremony. Bookstore representatives will be at the EagelBank Arena lobby near the Hospitality Room to collect the regalia.

Personalized Announcements

You can order announcements from vendor Herff Jones online (two-week delivery). Payment will be made to Herff Jones.

College Rings

Mason works with two vendors who sell class rings. They offer discounts on rings purchased at the Graduation Fair. Those discounts are not available for online purchases.

  • Herff Jones: Payment will be made to Herff Jones.
  • Balfour: Payment will be made to Balfour.