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Commencement: June 6, 2014

Regalia

You may either rent or purchase regalia. All graduates participating in the Commencement Exercises and/or Hooding Ceremony must wear academic regalia. The only exception is for those in active military service, who wear the prescribed dress uniform for their branches of the Service.

Do not discard your regalia rental or purchase receipt: you must have it to pick up your Commencement tickets.

Rental

Regalia orders are placed through the MIT Coop. We recommend that you go to the store in person to be properly fitted and provided with the correct regalia for this milestone event. The rental fee is $42 for a regular black gown (Bachelor, Master, or Doctor) and cap. Graduates may keep the cap and tassel as souvenirs.

PhD and ScD candidates, please note that you do not have to order an academic hood: your hood will be presented to you at the Hooding Ceremony.

Placing your order

  • MIT Coop in Kendall Square: orders will be taken Monday, March 31 through Saturday, April 26. Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm M-F; 10 am to 6 pm Saturdays. *Note: a late fee of $25 will be assessed for orders placed between April 21 and April 26. A very limited number of gowns will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from May 27 through Commencement Day, along with a late fee of $25. Please place your order early.*
  • MIT Coop at the Stratton Student Center: orders will be taken Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Regalia pick-up and return

Rented regalia will be available for pick-up at the MIT Coop in Kendall Square from Tuesday, May 27 through Thursday, June 5. Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm M-F; 10 am to 6 pm Saturdays. On Friday, June 6, the Kendall Square Coop will open at 7 am, but please pick up your cap and gown before Commencement Day. You will need to report for procession assembly early in the morning and you will not want to have to run to the Coop first.

Regalia must be returned to the MIT Coop in Kendall Square by 6 pm on Saturday, June 14. Failure to adhere to the terms of the rental agreement will result in a charge for the full retail value of the regalia.

Purchase

Doctoral degree regalia designed specifically for MIT PhD and ScD degree holders is available for purchase through the MIT Coop in Kendall Square. The gown is of gray faille with red velvet front trim and sleeve bars. The hat of gray faille is an octagonal tam with a red tassel. Please note that you do not have to order an academic hood: your hood will be presented to you at the Hooding Ceremony.

If you wish to purchase Doctoral regalia, the order must be placed by Friday, May 2 to guarantee receipt in time for Commencement. Please visit the Coop in Kendall Square, call 617-499-3220, or email the Coop for more information.

The Commencement main aisle.

Students prepare in regalia.

My eyes! The goggles, they do nothing!

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