Caps & Gowns

Seniors wear caps and gowns at Ivy Exercises, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.  The College supplies, free of charge, one cap and one gown for each Senior. If you did not pick up a cap and gown in September, please go to the Williams College Book Store on Thursday, May 30, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 31, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or Saturday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to get your regalia.  For those not on campus until Sunday, we offer last minute pickup at 8:45 a.m. in the book store.

If you have questions about caps and gowns, please contact Veronica Bosley (413.597.3539)

The cap is worn so the board is parallel to the ground, not perched on the back of your head.  The tassel belongs on the right side of the cap on all occasions until you ascend the stage to receive your diploma at Commencement.  The gowns are not always colorfast.  Since Ivy Exercises and Commencement are held outdoors even in a light rain, you may want to bring rain gear if the weather looks threatening.  You may also want to consider wearing something that you would not mind getting stained if the dye runs from your robe.

The caps and gowns are made from 100% post consumer plastic bottles. They are softer to the touch than traditional polyester, wrinkle resistant, and lightweight. They are also yours to keep.  If you decide that you do not want them, we will have some specially marked barrels for them on Chapin Hall Lawn at the President’s Reception. We will return those collected for recycling.