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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. 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.

Complete the Senior Exit Survey to receive a $5 discount on the cap and gown purchase.

  • All seniors participating in Commencement Exercises must purchase a cap and gown.
  • To purchase your cap and gown please visit the Eastern Bookstore (located in the Student Center). 
  • Seniors who would prefer to have their caps and gowns shipped to them via UPS may visit and order online. The last day to order caps and gowns online is April 23; they can be picked up at the Bookstore through Commencement Day.
  • 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 anytime at the following link:

For more information contact the Eastern Bookstore at (860) 465-5283 or

Cap/Gown/Tassel: $44.98
Gown Only: $32.98
Cap Only: $12.98

Cap/Gown/Tassel: $46.98
Hood Only: $36.98
Gown Only: $35.98
Cap Only: $12.98

Tassel: $6.98
Honors Cords: $15.98
Key Chain Tassel: $6.98

Gowns and tassels are available for the Class of 2020 as needed.

*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.