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Academic Regalia

The Rensselaer Union Bookstore coordinates the rental and sale of caps, gowns, and hoods for the ceremony. Regalia can be ordered from the bookstore. Information concerning cap and gown ordering can be found on the Bookstore's website:, or by contacting the Bookstore at 518-276-6552.

Rensselaer Union Bookstore Hours:
Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 4 p.m. (While classes are in session)

Bachelor's and Master's Degree Candidates:
If you are attending the ceremony, you can purchase regalia which includes a cap, gown, and hood at the Rensselaer Union Bookstore. The regalia will be your personal property following Commencement. Sales of this merchandise will begin February 25.

Doctoral Candidates:
The Rensselaer Doctoral gown, cap and hood are specially designed for Rensselaer Doctoral Graduates, and are available on a rental basis, or can be purchased. Doctoral candidates must place their orders for this regalia in advance.

Please note: Doctoral regalia is custom made, and must be ordered by March 20, 2015.

Faculty Members:
Faculty members should RSVP online.

Regalia Policy

Rensselaer abides by the rules of the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume; however, members of nationally recognized academic Honor Societies may display approved insignias on the standard academic regalia.

All insignias must be pre-approved for display through Prabhat Hajela, Office of the Provost. Request letters for approval of insignia should include the name, address, and telephone number of the National Honor Society; a description of the insignia including its size; and where it will be worn on the standard Rensselaer academic regalia.

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