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, affected by the furlough, or cannot afford regalia right now due to financial difficulties, then this program is for you!

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.  While we try to provide students with the full regalia set, items will be provided as they are available (i.e. we have a limited number of hoods, cords, and tassels).

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Application Process

Winter 2019 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning October 14, 2019.  Deadline to apply for Winter 2019 convocation is December 2, 2019.

Student Notification Timeline

Applications are reviewed three times a semester throughout the application period.  Below are the deadlines for application submission and students will be notified of their status with the program a week after each deadline:

Round One Deadline: October 25th, 2019
Round Two Deadline: November 19th, 2019
Final Deadline: December 2nd, 2019

Gown Pick-Up Process

If selected to receive a gown, students will pick up their gown in the University Life Central office in SUB 1, Suite 4211.

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:

December 20th, 2019: 9am – 5pm

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 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 $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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