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Graduation preparation

Official UD Commencement regalia available through UD Bookstore


5:36 p.m., March 19, 2013--Degree candidates who are planning to attend Commencement on Saturday, May 25, should plan to order their Commencement materials by April 4.

Items may be purchased online at

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Caps, gowns, hoods, study abroad sashes and diploma frames ordered online will ship to the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore for customer pickup during “Grad Fair” week. 

"Grad Fair" week is scheduled April 8-12, and will be held at the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore at 83 East Main St. 

For Ph.D. candidates

Doctoral candidates who are renting their caps, gowns and hoods must return them no later than seven days after the May ceremony. Rental gowns can NOT be shipped and must be picked up. Ph.D. rentals can be picked up as late as an hour before the hooding ceremony, at the ceremony location. 

For bachelor's and master's candidates

Caps, gowns and hoods are retained by bachelor's and master's recipients after the ceremonies. Please note that bachelor's degree candidates also wear hoods. 

Bachelor's and master’s gowns can be shipped by contacting the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore. Please do not contact the Bookstore for shipping prior to April 15. Shipping orders will be taken April 15-19, Monday through Friday only. 

The Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore is the only approved vendor for University of Delaware Commencement items, including official and required University regalia (caps, gowns and hoods) from Herff Jones. Regalia to be worn at graduation must be purchased only at the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore at 83 East Main St.

By using the Barnes and Noble UD Bookstore exclusively, the University can determine which graduates intend to participate in Commencement exercises. This exclusivity also ensures that the regalia worn at graduation will be uniform. 

For more information about ordering regalia, please contact the UD Bookstore at

'Life After UD'

"Life After UD," a one-stop shop for everything available to new graduates, will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, at the UD Bookstore. Students can share a message on a video yearbook, get one last picture with YoUDee, win prizes and more. 

For more general information about Commencement 2013, see the website at

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