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Caps, Gowns & More...

Information about caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels, as well as graduation announcements, gifts and keepsake items for the 2016 UB Commencement season will be posted here by late January, if not sooner.

Student Caps & Gowns

Bachelor and Master Degree Candidates/Graduates

These candidates purchase their appropriate academic cap, gown, hood and colored tassel at the University Bookstore, 200 Lee Entrance, on the North Campus. Bachelor and Master apparel can be purchased beginning March 2 through May 16. It is best to purchase early to ensure proper sizing.

UB is offering the environmentally friendly Jostens Elements Collection. All bachelor and master attire is made from acetate fiber which is produced using wood from renewable, managed forests. The fabrics and packaging both completely decompose in soil.

Doctoral/PhD Candidates

These candidates, including MD, PhD, AuD, DNP, EdD, LLM, JD, PharmD, DDS, and DPT conferrals, can rent their academic dress through the University Bookstore (North Campus). Please see pricing menu below containing additional information on certain degrees. Purchase of custom UB regalia is also an option through the University Bookstore; contact store directly at least 10 weeks prior to commencement date for additional details.

   Important Dates for Doctoral/PhD Rental Orders

Correct hood color cannot be guaranteed after February 26. Law School rental orders only may be placed until February 26 with no additional fee. All rentals must be picked up from and returned to the Bookstore, 200 Lee Entrance, North Campus. (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and School of Dental Medicine: please see special note below.)

Rented ceremony caps and gowns for doctoral students are black, with the exception of the Medical School regalia which is blue and green and Dental School regalia which is blue and black. Custom UB Regalia (for purchase) is blue. Tassels are available in the school academic colors appropriate to the University at Buffalo for all ceremonies.


University at Buffalo hoods are lined in blue and gold. Width of the velvet border varies by degree, while the color of the velvet border indicates the academic discipline; PhD hoods are trimmed in royal blue.

Pricing Menu (All prices are subject to tax)

University Bookstore Contact Information

Credit card orders are accepted via telephone; cash, credit, debit, Campus Cash, or check accepted in store.
Address: 200 Lee Entrance, Amherst, NY 14228 (North Campus)
Telephone: (716) 636-6290

Announcements, Gifts and Keepsakes

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Graduation Announcements

Graduation announcements are a symbol of accomplishment, pride and recognition.

  • May 2016 University at Buffalo Personalized Announcement Products are available to order NOW through Jostens External Site Link Icon . Don't delay...customized announcement products require three weeks to process.
  • Or, visit the University Bookstore beginning March 2, located on Lee Rd., on UB's Amherst (North) Campus to purchase generic announcements.
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Brick Legacy Program

Purchase a personalized brick today and become a permanent part of UB. Your name or message will be etched into one of the bricks on the front outer wall of our Student Union -- proudly displayed and forever commemorating your generous support of our students and university.

Diploma Frames

Class Rings

It's your story...share it with a college ring. Design your ring 24/7 at External Site Link Icon . Place your order via the Jostens' website or by phone at 1-800-854-7464.

Academic Ceremonies: Office of Special Events | 352 Fargo Quad, Bldg. 4 | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14261-0050 | (716) 645-6147 ext. 2
Commencement Events/Activities: Student Life | 150 Student Union | Buffalo, NY 14260 | (716) 645-2055 | E-mail