Ohio University

Cap and Gown Loan Program (Pilot)

Cap and Gown Loan Logo

Commencement is the culmination of the hard work and resources students put into their undergraduate or graduate degrees. It is a time to celebrate and honor the graduates as well as recognize the support given by family and friends to reach the day of earning a bachelor's or master's degree. A lack of funds to purchase a cap and gown should never be a barrier to participation in this penultimate experience.

Due to the generosity of Event Services, a select number of caps and gowns will be available for loan to students who face a financial barrier to purchase their own. We invite faculty and staff to share this application with students who would otherwise not participate in this important event because they are unable to purchase regalia.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I access the Cap and Gown Loan Program?

The Cap and Gown Loan Program is currently suspended until in-person commencement ceremonies resume.

To access the Cap and Gown Loan Program, students need to complete a short online application

Caps and gowns will be stored in the Career Closet and made available to graduates in need through the Career and Leadership Development Center (CLDC) in Baker University Center 533. Students will need to return regalia to this location. 

How can I donate regalia to the Cap and Gown Loan Program?

All donations of lightly used regalia should be delivered to the Career and Leadership Development Center in Baker University Center 533.

What if I already purchased a cap and gown?

If a student has already purchased a cap and gown, we are not able to offer refunds.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions about the Cap and Gown loan program or application process, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at at deanofstudents@ohio.edu or 740.593.1800.