Master Degree Academic Apparel

master guyAcademic apparel is a commencement tradition at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Bookstore is your official campus graduation source, and we're here to help you celebrate your graduation in style.

Candidates for the master degree wear:

  • master degree gown (The master degree gown has long, oblong panels at the sleeve. The master gown is worn open or closed at the neck.)
  • black mortarboard cap with a black tassel
  • master degree hood (Although master candidates are not hooded on stage, many graduates wear their academic hood with their gown.)

Master candidates may purchase their cap, gown and hood at the:

Master candidates have the option to rent or purchase their academic hood.

Important information on your rental deposit:

Your student account information will be retained, but not charged on rentals, unless your apparel is not returned.

Rental apparel must be returned to the U of M Bookstores no later than ten working days after the ceremony it was rented for. Rental apparel returned after that time will be charged for the full replacement value. If you are returning you rental hood via mail or UPS, please ship it to:

U of M Bookstore
Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Attn: Cap & Gown Returns.

All rental orders for Spring Commencement must be returned no later than May 28, 2017


The U of M Bookstores at Coffman and St. Paul will have master gowns available for purchase at beginning April 4, 2016. You may order online and have your apparel shipped to you, or opt for our free in-store pick up.