Cap and gowns are NOT required to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you would like to order keepsake regalia, you can place an order through Herff Jones. Find order and pricing information below. Alternative options to borrow sets are outlined below. 

Attire

Please note cap and gown regalia is NOT mandatory for the ceremony; many students opt to wear traditional, cultural dress or appropriate business attire. If you opt to wear a cap and gown, please wear business attire under your gown as this is a formal occasion. The mortarboard is worn flat and straight on your forehead. Safety pins and bobby pins will be available but it is best to bring your own if possible.

For master’s candidates, the tassel goes on the left to signify previous possession of an academic degree. For bachelor’s candidates, the tassel is worn on the right side before the degree is conferred; once the degree is conferred you will change the tassel from the right to the left side.

All Herff Jones regalia items are made out of 100 percent post-consumer waste and are biodegradable. For any questions related to ordering your regalia, contact rsvp@middlebury.edu.

December 2021 Regalia Pricing and Order Link

Regalia loan options are above; however, if you wish to purchase regalia, orders may be placed online at: http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/_MIISM/

The deadline to order if you want to pickup your order from the Monterey campus the week of commencement is Tuesday, November 7, 8:59 p.m. Pacific.

The deadline to order if you want to have your order shipped directly to your location is Monday, November 22, 8:59 p.m. Pacific

Pricing:

  • MA Package (Master hood, Cap, Gown, and Tassel): $56.65*
  • Master Hood Only: $23.70*
  • Tassel Only: $6.20*
  • Cap Only: $6.95*

*Sales tax will be added upon checkout. Shipping fee of $7.95 domestic / $24.95 international will apply to all homeship orders and will be shipped to your home directly. 

Regalia Loan Options

If you would like to borrow regalia to use for the virtual ceremony, the Vice President’s Office has a limited amount of gowns, hoods, and caps available for loan. You must be able to pick-up and return the regalia to the MIIS campus. If you are interested in borrowing a set, please e-mail blburke@middlebury.edu as soon as you are able and she will provide more details. This regalia is limited in quantity, sizes, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Recycling Your Cap and Gown

Your cap and gown are yours to keep; however, you may also donate them to future graduates. Should you choose to do so, contact rsvp@middlebury.edu to make arrangements.