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Cap and Gown

Commencement is a joyous but dignified occasion. The University's policy is that all graduates participating in the ceremony must wear an approved cap and gown and only official honors cords* may be worn. Personal adornments (e.g., leis, stoles, or messages on gowns) are not consistent with the spirit of the graduation ceremony. In addition, in keeping with the dignity of Commencement, Eastern’s most important academic event of the year, decorating mortarboards is not permitted. We appreciate students respecting this policy. Graduates who appear at the Commencement lineup with unapproved adornment will be asked by student or faculty marshals to remove it. Faculty marshals have the authority to prevent anyone in unapproved adornment from processing.

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Receive a $5 discount on the purchase of your cap and gown by completing the “First Destination Survey”, courtesy of the Office of Alumni Affairs.
(This $5 coupon offer is not applicable for online orders.)
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  • All seniors participating in Commencement Exercises must purchase a cap and gown.
  • To purchase your cap and gown please visit the bookstore. Senior Day in the Bookstore will be April 17, 2024, which will be the first day regalia will be available to purchase.
  • Seniors who would prefer to have their caps and gowns shipped to them via UPS ($13.95 S&H) should visit and order online. (The $5 discount coupon offer is not applicable for online orders)
  • Also available at the Bookstore are gold honor cords*, which may be purchased by eligible students (graduating with cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher), and worn as part of the academic regalia on Commencement Day.
  • Official class rings and personalized announcements may be ordered online at
  • For more information contact the Eastern Bookstore at (860) 465-5283 or

Cap/Gown/Tassel: $59.98
Gown Only: $40.98
Cap Only: $10.98

Cap/Gown/Tassel: $62.98
Hood Only: $44.98
Gown Only: $43.98
Cap Only: $10.98

Tassel: $8.98
Honors Cords: $18.98
Key Chain Tassel: $8.98

* Official honors cords are those distributed by officially recognized academic honor societies at Eastern or those distributed by the bookstore for students who have earned graduation honors.