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.

Student Rental Dates and Times:

  • May 15th-18th: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • May 19th: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • May 20th: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • May 22nd-24th: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  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.

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

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 by Monday, June 5 or drop it off as you exit AT&T Park at the following exits:

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

If you did not drop off your regalia as you departed AT&T Park, you must return your gown to the Bookstore no later than Monday, June 5th. If you need to speak with an associate at the Bookstore, please contact them at (415) 338-1931.

Academic Regalia

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:

Business................. Drab (light brown)

Education..............................Light blue

Ethnic Studies.........................Crimson

Health & Social Sciences..............Gold

Nursing.....................................Apricot

Liberal & Creative Arts............... White

Science & Engineering.................Gold

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Regalia

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 honors cords or stoles.  All items must be paid for in full at the time of rental.  They can also pick up your guest tickets.

Q: Can I place a phone order for my regalia?

A: Yes but ordering in advance is not necessary.  You can get your regalia by having someone else pick it up for you.  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 honors cords or stoles.  All items must be paid for in full at the time of rental.  They can also pick up your guest tickets.

It is better to pick up everything in person to ensure proper fit. Regalia rentals are available until May 24th.

After May 1 please call (415) 405-3718 for phone orders. Phone orders are available for pick-up at the SF State Bookstore from Wednesday, May 17th  to Wednesday, May 24th  during store hours