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Commencement Information

(updated March 2021)

Please check the campus commencement page for the latest updates for Spring 2021. The website to rent your cap and gown will be open from March – June.

Herff Jones Breach

UC Davis is aware of the Herff Jones breach and we are actively taking steps to learn more information about the direct effect on our community. Herff Jones has a customer service team that is dedicated to assist customers on this specific issue. This team is available by calling 855-535-1795 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. All non-cyber-attack related questions can be directed to Herff Jones’ main customer service team at 800-837-4235.

Graduation ceremony CAP AND GOWN RENTALS

Spring 2021 Student Cap, Gown and Accessories Information

Please check the campus commencement page for the most current information regarding the Spring 2021 celebration.


Rent your regalia for Spring 2021 here, to ship to your home. Grad Packs are available which include rental regalia and additional souvenir items. Please note rental regalia will take approximately 3 weeks to arrive.


For June 10-13 Ceremonies and Events:
Order by May 23

For May Events:
School of Law – Order by April 23
School of Veterinary Medicine – Order by April 30
School of Medicine – Order by May 3


Purchase custom announcements. Custom announcements will take approximately 3 weeks to arrive.


Purchase a tailored gown in the same style as the rental version: Custom Regalia. This option takes approximately 7 weeks for production and shipping.


Purchase high-quality customizable diploma frames through Framing Success.

A limited selection of popular frame styles are stocked at the UC Davis Campus Store in the Memorial Union or at the UC Davis Downtown Store. Please view available styles at the UC Davis Stores site.


To make a virtual or in-person appointment for information about class rings or place your custom order contact:

Valerie Miller

Phone: 707-869-5722

[email protected]

In-person appointments will be held at the Memorial Union on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 15 - 11am-3pm

Wednesday, April 16 - 11am-3pm

Tuesday, May 18 - 11am-3pm

Wednesday, May 19 - 11am-3pm


Grad Souvenir Merchandise and Packages Commencement Accessories.

If you have any questions please email [email protected]

General FAQ

Rental Questions

How do I order?

Place your rental order at this website.

How do I get my gown?

For Spring 2021, rental gown orders will be shipped to the address you provide.

How long will it take for my rental gown to arrive?

Rental gown orders will arrive in approximately 3 weeks.

What are the deadlines to place a rental order?

For June 10-13 Ceremonies and Events:
Order by May 23

For May Events:
School of Law – Order by April 23
School of Veterinary Medicine – Order by April 30
School of Medicine – Order by May 3

What comes with the gown rental?

A custom rental gown designed for UC Davis, a “one-size-fits-most” mortarboard cap and a tassel with the current year. For certain degree programs an academic hood must be rented as well. The rental gown (and hood if rented) must be returned. The cap and tassel are yours to keep.

How much does the rental cost and are there any package deals?

Pricing for the gown rental varies by degree level and degree program. Prices for the gown rental alone or for Grad Packs which include gown rental along with souvenir merchandise can be found at this website.

What size gown should I rent?

Rental gowns are sized by height in 2-inch increments. While placing the order you will provide your height in inches and indicate a weight range.

How do I return my gown?

A return shipping label will be provided in your gown shipment. Please keep track of the return label and ship back your return following your ceremony. If you are missing your return label, please visit this site to generate a new mailing label. Only gowns and hoods need to be returned. Cap and tassel are yours to keep. You will need your original order number to generate the label.

What is the deadline to return the rental?

May ceremonies: Rental items must be postmarked by July 1, 2021.
June ceremonies: Rental items must be postmarked by July 15, 2021.

Can I purchase my cap and gown?

Custom regalia that is made to your measurements can be purchased at this website.

I paid for my gown rental, but now I wish I had gotten a Grad Pack... can I switch?

A Souvenir Pack with a selection of Grad Pack items is available to purchase at the Campus Store or online at The Souvenir Pack offers the same discounted pricing as is in the Grad Pack.

I want to wear my gown for pictures after the ceremony. Can I return it later?

Gowns must be postmarked by July 1 for May ceremonies and July 15 for June ceremonies. If you specifically need to extend the rental period, please reach out to [email protected] to make special arrangements.

What do I need to wear for commencement?

For an in-person commencement ceremony or graduation celebration, all graduates wear a custom UC Davis rental gown, cap and tassel. Additionally, masters and doctors wear an academic hood, which drapes from the front of the neck down the back and signifies the degree earned and the university conferring it. When you visit the cap and gown rental site it will show you what you need to rent based on your initial selections.

For a virtual celebration, there is no requirement for attire. Cap and gown rental sets are available for those participants who wish to wear regalia during the virtual ceremony and for those who would like to take portraits.

Souvenir Item Questions

When are the class ring dates for Spring 2021?

To schedule a virtual ring appointment, please contact:

Valerie Miller

Phone: 707-869-5722

[email protected]

In-Person appointments will be available on April 15-16, and May 18-19.

Can I purchase just the cap and tassel?

The cap and tassel set can be purchased from UC Davis Stores, either at or in the Campus Store.

Keeper Cap and Navy Blue Tassel set for bachelors and masters degree.

Keeper Cap and Gold Tassel set for PhD degree.

I graduated last year... can I still get a tassel with my year on it?

Yes. Both the commencement tassel and the souvenir tassel can be ordered with past year signets. Please place your order online at and indicate the year needed in the comments on your order.

Can I purchase just the stole instead of the full Grad Pack?

All Grad Pack souvenir items can be purchased a la carte from UC Davis Stores, either at or in the Campus Store. The listing for the stole is at this website.

Announcement Questions

Can I get special text on my announcements, and can they be rushed?

Yes and yes. Announcements can take up to 3 weeks for delivery. Please contact the announcement vendor Herff Jones to request any special shipping arrangements or text changes.

I have further questions that were not addressed. Who do I contact?

If your question wasn’t answered in this FAQ, please email the Commencement coordinators at [email protected].

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