Academic Dress and Line-up Card

Academic Regalia

Graduating students crossing the stage must wear academic regalia; this consists of a gown (all graduates), a hood* (students obtaining a degree at the bachelor, master's, or doctorate level), and a hat (all graduates). Gowns are black for those receiving a certificate, diploma, undergraduate, or master’s degree, and red for those receiving a doctorate degree. Doctorate graduates wear a black Beefeater hat, while all other graduates wear a black mortarboard cap.

*There are no hoods for certificates or diplomas.

Reserve Your Academic Dress

You must reserve your cap, gown, and hood through Gaspard LP - McGill's exclusive supplier.

Online reservations for academic dress:
Opening date: May 1st at 9:00 am
Closing date: May 15th at 5:00 pm

Reserved your cap and gown- check out the pickup schedule below to see where and when you must show up.

Missed the deadline to reserve your cap and gown online- note that extra regalia will be provided by the Regalia company the day before or the day of your ceremony. Refer to the pickup schedule below and show up as early as possible. You will have to pay the rental fee on site. And the number of extra caps and gowns available will be limited.

Line-up Card

The line-up card lists your name, degree, and any honours you have been awarded. The information on the card will be read by the convocation orator as you cross the stage at the ceremony.

The perforated line-up card is picked up before your cap and gown. You must bring the line-up card with you to the ceremony.

Pick-up Information

Do not forget to bring:

› Your McGill ID card (should you not have your McGill ID card, you may use any other official piece of photo ID)
› A bag or garment bag and hanger to carry your regalia

If someone else is picking up your cap, gown and line-up card, they should bring your student ID card and a signed letter of permission specifying:

​› your name
› your student number
› your degree
› your phone number
› the name of the person picking up your academic dress.

Pickup Schedule - Cap & Gown and Line-up Cards

Below is a schedule for cap, gown, and line-up card pick up. It is always advisable to plan to do this the day before the ceremony; however, if necessary, you may also pick up your cap and gown two hours prior to the beginning of the ceremony. 
At the bookstore, you need to go to the line-up card pickup table before you proceed to the regalia pickup station.

For Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (Macdonald Campus), gowns can only be picked up on the day of the ceremony along with the line-up card.

Ceremony Date Time Location
Health Sciences, Continuing Studies Monday, May 27

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Le James - McGill University Bookstore
Health Sciences, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Music

Tuesday, May 28

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James - McGill University Bookstore
Engineering, Music, Management, Law

Wednesday, May 29

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James - McGill University Bookstore
Management, Law, Science, BARSCI

Thursday, May 30

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James - McGill University Bookstore
Science, BARSCI, Arts

Friday, May 31

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Le James - McGill University Bookstore
Arts and Education

Monday, June 3

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James - McGill University Bookstore
Arts and Education

Tuesday, June 4

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Le James - McGill University Bookstore
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Wednesday, June 5

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Centennial Centre, Room CC-150

Return Your Academic Dress

Academic dress must be returned to its original pick-up location after your ceremony has concluded. If you do not return your academic dress, you will be charged $210 for bachelors, $202 for masters, and $724 for doctoral dress, plus taxes. Please note that transcripts will not be issued until your academic dress is returned or the fees paid.