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Caps, Gowns & More...

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 4 through May 18. 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/Ph.D. Candidates

These candidates, including M.D., Ph.D., Au.D., D.N.P., Ed.D., LL.M., J.D., Pharm.D., D.D.S., and D.P.T. conferrals, can rent their academic dress through the University Bookstore (North Campus). Candidates for M.D. or Ph.D. degrees through the School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and D.D.S., J.D. and LL.M. degrees, please see the additional information below. Purchase of custom UB regalia is also an option through the University Bookstore.

Doctoral/Ph.D. orders must be placed between January 6 and February 21 in order to guarantee the correct hood colors. A late charge may apply to orders placed after February 21.

Rentals can be picked up at the bookstore beginning April 14 and should be returned to the bookstore no later than June 6. (School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and School of Dental Medicine: please see special note below).

Rented ceremony caps and gowns for graduate 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.


The 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; Ph.D. hoods are trimmed in royal blue.

Pricing Menu (All prices are subject to tax)

Bookstore Contact Information

Credit card orders are accepted at the University Bookstore (North Campus).
Bookstore: (716) 636-6290

Announcements, Diploma Frames & Class Rings

Graduation Announcements

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

  • May 2014 University at Buffalo Personalized Announcement Products are available to order NOW through Jostens; visit External Site Link Icon . Don't delay...customized announcement products require three weeks to process.
  • Or, visit the University Bookstore External Site Link Icon beginning March 4, located on Lee Rd., on UB's Amherst (North) Campus to purchase generic announcements.

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