Cap & Gown Rental Information

Cap & Gown Rental Information

All graduates are required to wear the authorized University of Pittsburgh School of Law academic regalia provided for you by the cap and gown vendor. Rental orders will be taken at the University Store. Students will need to tell them their height, weight in the special instructions field, and submit a form of payment. Those who cannot go to the University Store can complete an online order form and send to

Late fees will be applied to each order after March 24. Each week that you delay in placing your order a $10 late fee is applied. This means that if you wait until April 10 to place your order the cost of the JD rental will be the total plus an additional $20 ($10 per week late fee).

The Law School cannot accept any regalia orders.

Cap & Gown Pickup

You may pick up your cap and gown in the Courtroom between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10. If you are unable to pick up your regalia on one of these dates, please arrange for someone to do it for you. All regalia must be picked up by 3 p.m. on May 10.

Graduates cannot wear a hood from any institution where you received your Master’s or PhD. It is the tradition of the University of Pittsburgh as well as proper etiquette for graduates to wear only the approved Pitt Law JD hood.

Cap & Gown Return

Graduates are to return their regalia in the hallway adjacent to the auditorium before leaving for the Reception at the Cathedral of Learning.

Shoes and Grooming

There is no formal dress code for Commencement. Most graduates wear business-like attire under their robes. It is recommended that low heels be worn. Regalia should be wrinkle free.