Caps and Gowns

UNH Commencement

Cap and Gown Pick-Up

To purchase and pick-up your cap and gown or to pick-up a pre-ordered cap and gown:

April 17

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Commencement Fair 
Hamel Recreation Center

May 9

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1925 Room, Elliott Alumni Center

May 10

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1925 Room, Elliott Alumni Center

May 15

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1925 Room, Elliott Alumni Center

May 16

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1925 Room, Elliott Alumni Center


Pre-Orders and Pricing
Please check back for online ordering.
Cap and Gowns are able for purchase in-person at the Cap and Gown pickup dates listed above.

Pre-orders can be shipped to you, or can be picked-up at one of the designated campus distribution times.

Bachelor and Masters students purchase gowns because the negotiated buying price is less than the cost of renting. Pricing listed includes; gown, mortar board, tassel, and for Masters and Ph.D. gowns, the appropriate hood.

Associate and Bachelor: $17.00
Master: $33.40
CAGS Outfit: $40.00
Souvenir Doctor Outfit: $61.45
Authentic UNH Doctoral Regalia (Blue Gown/Black Velvet/Grey Piping & School Crests, Hood & Deluxe Tam): Authentic UNH: $443.00.

Cash or check only, please. Checks should be made out to "University Cap and Gown".

Questions can be directed to University Cap and Gown at 978-686-4566.


Caps and Gowns (regalia) are required for all faculty and graduates participating in the Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.

Gown styles differ for Bachelor, Masters and Ph.D. candidates. Associate degree candidates wear Bachelor gowns. All graduate gowns at UNH are black. Masters candidates have hoods with colors that correspond to academic degree. Ph.D. candidates wear a hood specific to UNH. The cap and gown vendor knows what is required and will provide you with the appropriate regalia.

Fabric and Green Grad Recycling Program

The caps and gowns provided by the University's vendor are made of UltraGreen, a medium weight, wrinkle-resistant fabric manufactured using recycled plastic bottles.

UNH also participates in the Green Grad program. At the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony, graduates will have the option to donate their gown to be cleaned and repackaged for reuse. Caps, tassels and hoods are yours to keep!


If you have questions or concerns about your order, or the ordering process, please contact University Cap and Gown, our independent vendor at 978-686-4566, or see them at any of the scheduled on-campus pick-up times.


Note: If you would like to recycle your cap and gown, you may bring it to the Elliott Alumni Center.

Cords and Stoles

Stoles are worn to denote academic honors only. Cords are worn to denote University honors, veteran status, and recognized student organizations.

If you are part of a recognized student organization interested in obtaining cords for the graduands in your group to wear at Commencement, please contact the Commencement Office at to determine available cord colors and for approval. Once approved, student organizations are responsible for coordinating the purchase and distribution of cords internally.

Please note, the following cord colors have been previously registered by student organizations and are unavailable:
Black and Gold | Black and Gray | Black and White | Black, Silver and Blue | Black, White and Red | Black, White, and Blue | Black, Silver and Maroon | Blue | Blue and Gold | Blue and White | Blue and Black | Blue and Orange | Blue and Pink  | Blue, White and Silver | Blue, White and Gold | Blue, White and Yellow | Blue, Yellow and Red | Light Blue | Light Blue, Royal Blue, and White | Royal Blue | Royal Blue and Black | Navy and Gold | Navy Blue | Navy Blue and Purple | Navy, Black and Gold | Navy and Light Blue | Green | Green and White | Dark Green and Gold | Kelly Green and Navy Blue | Gold | Gold, Navy and Maroon | Orange | Orange and | Purple | Orange, Teal and Lilac | Pink | Burgundy | Purple | Purple and Gold | Purple and Grey | Purple and Red | Purple and Navy Blue | Purple and White | Lavender/Light Purple | Red | Red and White | Red and Black | Red and Blue | Red and Gray | Red, White and Blue | Red and Gold | Rose | Silver/Grey | Teal | Teal and White | Teal and Black | Teal, Purple and Silver | Teal, Black and Silver | White | Yellow | Double Cord: Black and Red | Double Cord: Kelly Green and White | Double Cord: Kelly Green, Purple and Teal

Students eligible for University Honors Program stoles and University Scholar and Presidential Scholar cords will receive them as a part of the Honors Convocation on May 18.

Graduating Veterans

Graduating veterans receive a special red, white and blue honor cord to be worn with their regalia at Commencement in recognition of their service to our country. Email for more information.