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 Regalia Rental Dates and Times:

Available at the San Francisco State University Bookstore

  • May 14th-17th:  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • May 18th:           9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • May 19th:           11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • May 21st-23rd:   9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • May 24:               9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  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.

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 AT&T 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 AT&T Park, you must return your gown to the Bookstore no later than Monday, June 4th. Rental returns beyond this deadline are subject to late fees.

Post Ceremony Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 guest tickets, honors cords, stoles, and sashes.  All items must be paid for in full at the time of rental/purchase. 

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

A: Yes. Please note this service is exclusively for graduates who are unable to make it to campus during any of the available dates and times of distribution. It is better to pick up everything in person to ensure proper fit. 

We will begin taking phone orders on Wednesday, May 2nd. Please call (415) 405-3718 for this service. Phone orders are available for pick-up at the SF State Bookstore from Monday, May 21st to Thursday, May 24th during store hours.

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 23rd.