Hooding and Commencement


Registration is now open.  September ‘18, November ‘18, and January ’19 degree recipients, as well as anticipated degree candidates for April ’19 and June ’19 will receive an email with instructions on how to register.  This email contains a unique log-in user name and password.

All registered graduates will receive 5 tickets for 5 guests for the Commencement Ceremony on June 4, 2019.  Registered degree recipients themselves do not require tickets. There is no guest limit, nor tickets required, for the Hooding Ceremony on June 3, 2019.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019. For those students defending between May 3-21, you must still register for Hooding by May 3, 2019 to be included in the ceremonies. Tickets will not be mailed and must be picked up.

If you have any questions, regarding Hooding and Commencement, please contact gradevents@princeton.edu.

Academic Regalia

In order to participate in Hooding and Commencement activities, you must be in full 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 $900. If you intend to purchase faculty-quality regalia, you must contact Harden & Associates at princeton.shopoakhalli.com before the deadline of Friday, April 19, 2019. There will be a discount sale for faculty quality regalia in Clio Hall, Friday, March 1, 2019, 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 princeton.shopoakhalli.com by completing the application. The deadline for orders for standard regalia is Friday, May 3, 2019. 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.

Pictures of All Commencement Events: Professional photographers take photos of graduates at Commencement events, including graduates exiting the FitzRandolph Gate at the end of Commencement.  Photographs from the past can be viewed at the Graduation Pictures site.  All images are made available for free, courtesy of the University.

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.