Academic Regalia

Academic Regalia

Academic regalia consists of a cap, gown (robe), and tassel. The tassel should hang to the right side until President Bollinger has conferred degrees during Commencement.

A variety of honor cords are also worn by graduates.

Purchasing a Cap and Gown

Beginning in March at the Morningside Campus Grad Fair, caps and gowns are available for purchase at the Columbia University Bookstore in the basement of Lerner Hall. No pre-ordering is necessary. The cost for a cap, gown, and tassel for a bachelor's degree candidate is $57.

The Grad Fair at the Columbia University Bookstore will be held on the following dates:

  • Tues., March 6 - Thurs., March 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed., April 11 - Thurs., April 12, 12 - 6 p.m. 

Academic regalia is custom-designed in Columbia Blue. Gowns are not rentals; they are souvenirs for graduates.

Grad Fair at the Columbia University Bookstore will be held in early March 2018. Vendors will be available to help students with regalia, frames, rings, announcements, and jewelry.

Complimentary Regalia for Graduates in Need of Financial Assistance

Application Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2018

GS graduates in need of financial assistance may apply for complimentary academic regalia for GS Class Day and University Commencement. Upon review once the application deadline has passed, students will be notified by GS Student Life whether their application has been approved. Students who qualify will be contacted with instructions for picking up their regalia from the Columbia University Bookstore.

Questions may be directed to


An article in the New York Times provides information about the history of academic regalia, including Columbia's role in the development of an American standard.