Answers to the Most Common Cap and Gown Questions

Answers to the Most Common Cap and Gown Questions

What size gown should I buy?

Graduation gowns are cut so they fall 8-10 inches above the floor, meaning that your ankles and shoes are visible below the gown.

Regular size gowns are normally cut with an amount of extra fabric to make them look good on students with slender to moderately heavy builds.

However, for those who would feel more comfortable with extra room in their gown, a Full Fit gown might be the best option.

View Our Gown Sizing Guide

What are your cap sizes?

High school caps and younger - Most caps are offered in two sizes, Standard and Kinder/Pre-School. Standard caps should fit comfortably on heads with 18-24 inch circumferences, and Kinder/Pre is ideal for students with head circumferences smaller than 18 inches.

Bachelor’s caps - All caps follow standard sizing and should fit comfortably on heads with 18-24 inch circumferences.

Master’s, Doctoral and PhD - Faculty tams are sized in specific hat size ranges, while most other post-graduate caps are one-size-fits all.

When should I order?

For custom items, it’s best to order at least 30 days before graduation day. This will allow for plenty of time to confirm artwork, process the order and ship to your location.

Standard items ship within 1-2 business days after your order is processed. If you would like to ensure your order is shipped on the same day, the order must be placed with expedited shipping by 1:30 pm EST on a business day. You can also follow up with a phone call (347-669-4696) to verify availability.

How should I store my cap and gown after I get them?

Hang the gown up as soon as possible. If you have to fold the gown, do so carefully and use a garment bag or other cover to protect it. Avoid putting anything heavy on top of the gown, and try to keep it in a cool, dry place.

Similar to your gown, it’s best to store your cap in a cool, dry place outside of direct sunlight. Use a garment bag to keep dust from collecting on it, and don’t place anything on top of it to keep from folding or creasing the mortarboard.
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