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 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the ceremony.

Regalia is currently available for purchase online at for shipping or in-store pickup.   If you prefer to purchase your regalia in person, you may do so beginning March 20th in the lower level of the bookstore.  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). Please note, if ordering your regalia online, please be sure to order your degree tassel in addition to your cap and gown (total price is $43.99).  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  Please note that this information is subject to change.

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

This year’s undergraduate regalia, by Balfour, is made from 100 percent recycled plastic. The regalia can be recycled or reused once graduation is over. Balfour 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). Credit cards, checks and cash will be accepted, please note there is a $2 fee for all credit card transactions.  Please note that this inforamtion is subject to change.

To order custom master's or doctorate regalia (you must still rent regalia to walk in the ceremony) please contact Nathan Hedrick at Balfour at 785-410-5734.  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 (please note these are subject to change):

  • Wednesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12, from 7 to 8:30 a.m.; returns will be accepted until 3 p.m. at Balch and up to 3 business days later (May 17) at the CU Book Store.

Credit cards, checks and cash will be accepted, please note there is a $2 fee for all credit card transactions.

After the ceremony, rented regalia (master's, doctoral, and law) can be returned to Balch Fieldhouse until 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12 and up to 3 business days later (May 17) to the CU Book Store in the UMC with the pink copy of your rental agreement.  You may keep your tassel.

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.