Caps & Gowns

The university commencement ceremony is an academic ceremony; therefore, all participants must wear traditional CU academic regalia.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students are required to purchase regalia for the ceremony from the CU Book Store, located in the UMC, during regular business hours or at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of the ceremony.

Regalia will be available for purchase at the cashiers in the lower level of the bookstore beginning March 16th.  The cost to purchase the regalia set, which includes the gown, cap, and degree tassel, is $43.99 for standard sizes and $47.99 for larger sizes(plus tax). Regalia is non-returnable once it is purchased. Other souvenir packages are available—please visit the store or website for details. Cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted. For more information, call 303-492-6411 or 800-255-9168 ext. 4 or go to

More information can also be found through the CU Book Store's Grad Fair website

This year’s undergraduate regalia, by the Willsie Company, is made from 100 percent recycled plastic. The regalia can be recycled or reused once graduation is over. Willsie is the first company to bring this product to market, demonstrating their deep commitment to environmental sustainability. All the caps and gowns are assembled in the United States.

Master's, Doctoral, and Law Students

Master's, doctoral, and law students are required to rent academic regalia for the ceremony.

Fees for rental of cap, gown, tassel, and hood are $48 for master's and $55 for doctoral and law (includes tam). The rental fee must be paid with cash.

To order custom master's or doctorate regalia (you must still rent regalia to walk in the ceremony) please contact Diane Phillips at Willsie Cap and Gown at 720-273-7729.  Fine quality orders need to be submitted  at least 5 weeks prior to commencement to avoid incurring additional charges.

Rental Times

Master's, doctoral, and law students need to rent regalia for the ceremony in the Balch Fieldhouse during the following times:

  • Thursday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 7, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Rental fee must be paid with cash.

After the ceremony, rented regalia (master's, doctoral, and law) can be returned to Balch Fieldhouse on May 7, between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  You may keep your tassel.

Any regalia not returned by this time must be returned within three business days to the CU Book Store in the UMC along with the pink copy of your rental agreement. If rental apparel is not returned within three business days you will be charged for the full replacement value.

Note:  Prices subject to change without notice.