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 winter ceremonies.  Gowns are borrowed on a first come, first served basis.  We have a limited inventory, so make sure you apply early.

Who can apply?

Students who demonstrate a financial need for assistance in buying regalia and are unable to purchase regalia on their own.


Application Process

The priority application to receive a cap, gown, and tassel will be open from October 9th to December 1st for regalia.  Any applications received after December 1st will occur on a rolling basis.  If you would like to pick up your cap, gown, and tassel by the Grad Fair, November 7 to 9, you will need to submit your application by October 30th at 5pm.

After December 1, students are still able to apply for regalia, but will receive a cap and gown donated by our awesome Mason Alumni so graduating students can use them for their convocation ceremonies.  Students who apply after December 1st or until we are out of new gowns will have to purchase their own tassel (approximately $9).

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of paying for graduation regalia, please complete the Gowns for Grads application.  Applications will not be considered after December 8th.

Please contact the program at gradgown@gmu.edu with any questions about the program!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GMUcapandgown

Application Timeline

Round 1: October 9th – October 30th: Period to apply to pick up regalia at Grad Fair

Round 2: October 31st – December 1st: Period to apply for regalia pick up at the bookstore after the Grad Fair

Round 3: December 2nd – December 8th: Period to apply for donated regalia

Student Notification Timeline

Round 1 of students will be notified by November 3rd if application is accepted

Round 2 of students will be notified by December 8th

Round 3 of students will be notified by December 13th

Gown Return Process

Gowns will need to be returned on Thursday, December 21st from 12pm – 7pm in Sub 1, Suite 4211.


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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Congrats on graduating from George Mason University! Please complete this application if you believe you qualify for assistance in acquiring graduation regalia from the university.  Priority deadline is December 1st. Apply by October 30th if you are interested in picking up your regalia during the Grad Fair, November 7-9, 2017.

Questions?  Email gradgown@gmu.edu.

    Your answer is kept confidential, does not affect your eligibility for this program, and will only be used for program data.
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