Purchasing Your Cap and Gown
If you participate in the commencement exercise, you must purchase complete academic regalia from the KUSSI Service Center. The use of any other academic regalia is NOT permitted. Purchasing your regalia indicates your intention to participate in the commencement ceremony. Only students who are participating in the commencement ceremony will receive tickets.
Kutztown University uses GreenWeaver® graduation gowns as part of the ongoing effort to "go green." Each gown is made of 23 recycled plastic bottles and can also be donated back after Commencement to be recycled into new fabric. Donation box locations will be announced at the Graduation Rehearsal. This new fabric is softer to the touch and more breathable than traditional polyester fabric. For every gown purchased, Oak Hall will make a donation to support Kutztown University's sustainability programs. The changes that were made to the undergraduate cap & gown package also provide a cost savings to those students.
Academic regalia may be purchased at the Graduation Festival on Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29, 2016 for a discount. The bachelors regalia package will be $32, and the masters package will be $48. Payment can be made by cash, check, credit card or Bear Bucks. Please note that we are not able to accept credit cards or checks belonging to someone other than the student, unless that individual is present. You will be required to present photo identification to purchase your regalia.
If you cannot attend the Graduation Festival, academic regalia may be purchased through the KU Campus Store at full price Monday, April 25 through Friday, May 6, 2016 during normal business hours. The Campus Store is open Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information or questions regarding regalia purchases, contact the KUSSI Service Center at 610-683-4090.
Cap and Gown Care Instructions
For the best appearance, the academic gown should be removed from the package immediately and placed on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out. Hanging it in a high humidity area, such as the bathroom while you shower, will accelerate this process. If you wish to press, turn inside out and press with a warm, NOT HOT, iron. Steaming is also an option. The commencement regalia are yours to keep, or you may donate it after the ceremony to be recycled. A gown recycling container will be located in the robing area immediately following the ceremony.