Gowns for Grads Lending Program

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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 Program to make regalia available for our students who are unable to purchase regalia on their own.  If you are a first-generation student, low income, Pell Grant recipient, Stay Mason recipient, or cannot afford regalia right now due to financial difficulties, then this program is for you!

Due to Covid-19, for Spring 2021 the Gowns for Grads lending program will be hosting G4G: Picture Day!

G4G participants will only be allowed to borrow the gown for a few hours on May 12th, 2021. Graduates will have to be given a time slot and will have to pick up and drop off their gowns within their allotted time. A Mason ID card will have to be provided as collateral until the gown is returned. G4G will provide participants with photographers to take their picture at a couple of Mason monuments and time to go off and take their own pictures too.

Graduation should be a time to reflect and celebrate this amazing accomplishment!

Click HERE to access the application.

Deadlines (by 11:59pm est):

First Deadline: March 3rd
Final Deadline: April 5th

Gown Return Process

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.

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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 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 $65 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): $66
Master set (cap, gown, & hood): $113

PhD Rental set: $160
Bachelors gown only: $53
Masters gown only: $56
Master hood: $46
Cap only: $16
Tassel only: $10


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

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