Caps and Gowns
To obtain a cap, gown, hood and tassel, students should first apply to graduate using myRedDragon by March 1 to have their name appear in the Commencement program.
Once a student has applied for a degree, he or she may attend Grad Finale™, an event on Thursday, March 21, which allows students to purchase caps and gowns, hoods, tassels, diploma covers, flowers, Commencement announcements, class rings, diploma frames and other gift items relating to Commencement.
If a student has not applied for a degree, he or she may still attend the Grad Finale, however, while at the Grad Finale, students will be asked to officially apply to graduate before purchasing Commencement items. Please note students who do not apply by the March 1 deadline are not guaranteed to appear in the program.
Students who are unable to attend the Grad Finale may purchase Commencement items at the College Store during regular business hours.
As a package deal, the cap, gown, hood, tassel, and diploma cover is $76.45 plus an additional 8.0% for New York State sales tax. These items may also be purchased individually.
Diploma Cover: $6.50
Please Note: Cap, gown, hood, tassel, and diploma cover is required for participation. Students who plan to borrow a cap and gown, must purchase a diploma cover to participate in the ceremony.
Students not on campus during the spring semester due to student teaching, study abroad, internships or other circumstances, may obtain a cap, gown, hood and tassel by contacting the College Store or by completing and mailing or faxing the Graduate Cap and Gown Order Form (PDF). Students should be prepared to provide their Student ID number. The College Store will mail hoods and gowns or they can be picked up at the College Store prior to the Commencement ceremony.
Students who cannot pick up their own package may send someone to the College Store with a letter authorizing that person to get their Commencement materials. The letter must contain the graduate's signature and Cortland ID number, and the person picking up the materials must produce a photo ID before the items are released.
Students unable to pick up their Commencement package prior to the ceremony should contact the College Store to place the order on hold. The College Store offers extended business hours to accommodate students who need to get their package the day of the ceremony. Please see the College Store hours listed below.
College Store Hours
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Extended Hours during Commencement Weekend
May 17: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Please note: Commencement is a formal ceremony, please dress accordingly. The general rule is light weight, non-restricting clothes. Men do not have to wear jackets, but should wear a shirt and tie. Students are requested not to wear shorts, overalls, sandals or sneakers.