Attire

Regalia

Graduating students and degree candidates who wish to participate in Commencement are required to wear SF State-specific academic attire. Academic attire specifically for SF State can be rented from the SF State Bookstore.

You will receive your seven (7) Commencement tickets when rent your cap and gown. For more information, please visit the Guest Ticket Policy page.

Available at the San Francisco State University Bookstore

Make sure to complete your application for graduation prior to renting your regalia. Regalia will only be rented to students who are in the database of applied graduates.

Graduates and degree candidates who wish to participate in Commencement are required to wear SF State-specific academic attire. Academic attire specifically for SF State can be rented from the SF State Bookstore.

The master rental set includes cap, gown, tassel and hood. Graduates keep the cap and tassel; gowns and hoods are to be returned after the ceremony.

Honors cords, sashes and stoles of gratitude along with other graduation accessories are also available for purchase from the SF State Bookstore.

Graduates keep the cap and tassel; gowns and hoods are to be returned after the ceremony.

Honors cords, sashes, and other graduation accessories are also available for purchase from the SF State Bookstore.

Student Regalia Distribution Dates and Times

May 13 -16       9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

May 17             9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

May 18             11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

May 20 -23       9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

May 24             9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

May 25             11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Student Rental Costs

  • Bachelor's set (gown, cap and tassel) $45
  • Master's set (gown, hood, cap and tassel) $70

Gown and Hood Returns

Bring the gown and hood back to the SF State Bookstore or drop it off as you exit Oracle Park at the following exits:

  • Willie Mays Plaza
  • Lefty O’Doul Plaza
  • Second Street

If you do not drop off your regalia as you depart Oracle Park, you must return your gown to the Bookstore no later than Monday, June 10th. Rental returns beyond this deadline are subject to late fees.

The size and shape of the academic hood and the width of its velvet edging also help to identify the level of the degree that the wearer has earned. Hoods designating the bachelor’s degree (worn here today only by the students chosen to represent their colleges) are 36 inches; those for the master’s degree are 42 inches; those for the doctoral degree are 48 inches and also include a cape, visible at the side. The shell of the hood is lined with the official color, or colors, of the college or university conferring the degree. San Francisco State University’s are purple and gold. More than one color is often displayed in V-shaped stripes, known as chevrons. The color of the hood’s velvet border indicates the field or discipline in which the degree is granted. SF State’s master’s degree hoods are edged in the following colors.

College Color
College of Business Drab (light brown)
College of Education Light blue
College of Ethnic Studies Crimson
College of Health & Social Sciences Gold
College of Nursing Apricot
College of Liberal & Creative Arts White
College of Science & Engineering Gold

Q: Can someone else pick up my regalia?

A: Yes.  Have that person bring a copy of your student ID and be sure they know your height so they can pick up the correct size.  They will also be able to pick up any additional items such as guest tickets, honors cords, stoles, and sashes.  All items must be paid for in full at the time of rental/purchase. 

Q: What if I’m unable to visit the store during Cap & Gown Distribution Dates?

A: If you’re unable to make it into the store during our distribution dates (including our weekend dates), we will be taking phone orders up until May 10th. Please note – phone orders are exclusively for graduates who are unable to make it to campus during distribution. It is better to pick up everything in person to ensure proper fit. 

Please call (415) 405-3718 for this service. Phone orders are available for pick-up by a friend or family member at the SF State Bookstore from Monday, May 20th to Friday, May 24th during store hours.

You will receive your seven (7) Commencement tickets when renting your cap and gown. For more information, please visit the Guest Ticket Policy page.

Q: Can I place an order online for my regalia?

A: Online Grad Packs are available through Herff Jones, at collegegrad.herffjones.com(link is external)through April 5th, 2019. Please note that only Grad Packs are available through this site. Individual cap & gown (only) orders will need to be paid for and picked up during our Regalia Distribution dates.