Hooding and Commencement

First and foremost, congratulations on successfully completing your graduate studies at Princeton. I know that you have worked hard to earn this degree, whether one year (or more) for a professional master’s degree or a good deal longer for a Ph.D., and you, together with your family and friends, should be justly proud of your accomplishments.

These webpages contain information on celebrating this milestone. Along with the official Hooding and Commencement ceremonies, you and your guests are encouraged to attend the Reunions festivities and the Dean’s Lunch.

I urge you to use our website to register for the various special events and to check back periodically for updated information. In addition, members of the Graduate School staff are always available to answer your questions or concerns, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sanjeev Kulkarni
Dean of the Graduate School

Academic Regalia

Faculty-quality regalia. Faculty-quality regalia is custom-made regalia manufactured specifically for you. This regalia is manufactured for long-term usage, and with proper care, could last your entire academic or teaching career. It adheres strictly to the requirements set down by the Intercollegiate Code. The cost of faculty quality regalia is approximately $800 to $900. If you intend to purchase faculty-quality regalia, you must contact Harden & Associates at www.capandgownorder.com before the Friday, April 10, 2015, deadline. There will be a discount sale for faculty quality regalia in the Clio Hall Conference Room, Friday, February 27, from 10 a.m.   to 4 p.m. Harden & Associates representatives will be present to take orders in person and over   the phone at 800-228-7935. If you are receiving the Ph.D. degree, you may order either the orange and-black gown, which has been officially adopted by Princeton University, or the black gown with black velvet panels. The official Ph.D. hood lining for Princeton is orange with a black chevron.

Standard regalia. Standard regalia is manufactured for a one-time use and can be kept as a memento. If you intend to purchase standard regalia, you must do so through Harden & Associates at www.capandgownorder.com by completing the application. The deadline for orders for those whose degrees were awarded in September 2014, November 2014 and January 2015 is Friday, April 10, 2015.   The deadline for those whose degrees will be awarded in March and June is Tuesday, May 5, 2015. The cost is $54.25 for the Ph.D. regalia and $44.80 for the master’s (shipping and handling included). In order to receive a standard hood, the complete set of regalia must be ordered.


Princeton Student Agencies offer a variety of commencement items to mark this momentous and memorable occasion.

Ring & Frame Agency: Offering a full range of commencement supplies, such as degree frames, class rings, and custom-designed graduation products, including announcements, note cards, and envelope seals.

TigerGear Agency: Fun and unique Princeton memorabilia, including class banners. Custom designs available.

Video Production Agency: Produces the official University Graduation DVD.

Logistical Information

Getting to Campus

An excellent transportation network of bus, rail and highways puts Princeton within easy reach (an hour or less) of major urban centers: Philadelphia and Trenton to the south, Newark and New York to the north. International airports are located in Philadelphia, Newark and New York. Bus and train stations to these cities are adjacent to campus. Visit our getting to campus webpage for more information on travelling to and parking on Princeton’s campus.


The travel webpage for guests can help you explore the lodging accommodations in the area. Please note, a number of motels, hotels and inns serve the Princeton area, but most are not within walking distance of the University.