Gowns for Grads Lending Program

Welcome future Mason Graduates!  Graduation should be a time of excitement and possibility, not a time to feel burdened by another expense: a $60 cap and gown for graduation.

To offer some financial relief, Mason has created the Gowns for Grads Lending Program!  University Life has partnered with the University’s bookstore – Barnes & Noble, and the Parents Fund to make regalia available for our students who are unable to purchase regalia on their own.

Caps and gowns that are provided by the program to students must be returned to the program after the spring ceremonies.  Gowns are borrowed on a first come, first served basis.  We have a limited inventory, so make sure you apply early.

Application Process

Spring 2018 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning February 6, 2018.  If you would like to pick up your cap, gown, and tassel by the March Grad Fair, you will need to submit your application by February 26th at 5pm.  Deadline to apply for Spring 2018 convocation is April 30th, 2018.

The application period has now closed for Spring 2018

Student Notification Timeline

Applications are reviewed three times a semester throughout the application period.  Below are the dates students will be notified of their status with the program:

March 2nd, 2018
April 6th, 2018
May 4th, 2018

Gown Pick-Up Process

If selected to receive a gown, students will either pick up their gown in the University bookstore or the University Life Central Office.  The acceptance email will indicate where gowns should be picked up.

Gown Return Process

Gowns will need to be returned to the University Life Central office in SUB 1, Suite 4211 during one of the following time periods:

Wednesday, May 16th: 9am – 5pm
Thursday, May 17th: 9am – 5pm
Friday, May 18th: 9am – 5pm
Monday, May 21st to Wednesday, May 23rd: 9am – 5pm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GMUcapandgown

If you need to return your gown via mail, please email gradgown@gmu.edu to let us know that you will be mailing it in.  Mail to University Life c/o Gowns for Grads 4400 University Dr. MS 2A4 Fairfax, VA 22030.


Regalia Donation:

Are you a recent Mason grad who wants to donate your cap and gown?  You can drop it off anytime on the Fairfax campus in Sub 1, Suite 4211 or mail it to: 

University Life
c/o Gowns for Grads
4400 University Drive, MSN 2A4
Fairfax, VA 22030

Monetary Donation:

Don’t have a gown to donate, but would like to donate funds to buy a Mason student regalia? You can simply click here to make an online donation.  You can also send a check made payable to the “George Mason University Foundation” and in the memo line reference “Student Success Initiatives” to the address listed above.  A donation of just $10 will be able to purchase a tassel and a $63 donation purchases full regalia for a student.  Specific costs are below.  You can donate for a specific item or with a lump sum towards the initiative.

Cost of Regalia:
Bachelor set (cap, gown, & tassel): $62.98
Master set (cap, gown, & hood): $107.98
Bachelors gown only: $52.98
Masters gown only: $55.98
Master hood: $45.98
Cap only: $15.95
Tassel only: $9.98

Questions? Please email gradgown@gmu.edu or call 703-993-2884 for more information.

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