Commencement 2017

Grad Fair

The Grad Fair is the Rensselaer Collegiate Store's annual kickoff to the Commencement season. Representatives from the Graduating Class Council, Registrar, Class Ring, Alumni House and Commencement Ceremony will be here to provide you with information. This year, the Grad Fair will take place on: Wednesday, March 1, 2017.


Cap & Gown Information

All students planning to participate in Commencement 2017 must wear the appropriate regalia for the Ceremony. The Rensselaer Collegiate Store provides Bachelor and Master regalia for purchase in-store or via e-mail. Doctor regalia can be rented or purchased as well.


We will begin selling and accepting e-mail orders for Bachelor and Master regalia starting on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. We advise students to make their Bachelor and Master purchases as soon as possible. The closer in time we get to the ceremony, the less likely it will be to get regalia parts if we run out.


Bachelor & Master Regalia Purchasing

To ensure an adequate supply of correct sizes, Bachelor and Master graduates are requested to purchase their regalia in the RPI Bookstore between Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and Friday, April 28, 2017.

Bachelor Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel    $62.00 +NYS tax

Master Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel       $69.00 +NYS tax


Doctor Regalia Rental or Purchase

The Rensselaer Doctor gown, cap and hood are specially designed for Rensselaer Doctor graduates and are available on a rental basis or can be purchased.

Orders for purchase or rental of this custom made merchandise MUST BE placed by Friday, March 24, 2017. Doctor candidates must place their orders for this regalia in advance. These orders can be placed at the RPI Bookstore between Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and Friday, March 24, 2017.

Be aware that it takes approximately 15 minutes to process a Doctoral regalia order. Please plan your time accordingly.

The Rental payment of $96.00 is due at the time of placing the order. In addition, credit card information will be required.

If you wish to purchase your Doctoral regalia, please contact us at (518) 276-8604 or via e-mail to


For those Doctor students not attending classes in Troy during the Spring 2017 semester, we accept e-mail orders for Doctor regalia rentals. We can reserve and hold your order or ship it to you via Fed Ex. We will begin to accept Doctoral mail orders on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

You can get a copy of the order form by e-mail from


Rensselaer @ Hartford Regalia

Rensselaer @ Hartford graduates can order their Commencement regalia by contact us at (518) 276-8604 or via e-mail to 

Master Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel       $69.00


Non-Local Student & Graduate Regalia

If you no longer live in the Troy area and are unable to get to the RPI Bookstore to purchase your Cap & Gown in person, you can get a copy of the order form by e-mail from


Cap & Gown Refunds

Bachelor and Master purchases and Doctoral rental orders purchased between Monday, March 1, 2017 and Wednesday, May 17, 2017 may be returned for a refund during this period. The merchandise must be in the same condition as when purchased or rented. Refunds will not be given after this date.

 No refunds will be given after Wednesday, May 17, 2017.


Rensselaer Diploma Frames

Custom made Diploma Frames for the Rensselaer diploma are available at the Rensselaer Collegiate Store. These frames have custom sized mats to fit the Rensselaer diploma and include a raised Rensselaer seal. Frames can be purchased at the Rensselaer Collegiate Store, or ordered on-line.


Order a Rensselaer Diploma Frame


RPI’s Commencement 2017 Website

For more information on the ceremony, please visit RPI’s Commencement 2017 website.

RPI’s 2017 Commencement Website

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

About Rensselaer Collegiate Store

The Rensselaer Collegiate Store is located in the Rensselaer Student Union.

Operating Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Contact Info

Questions, Comment or Suggestion?

If you have a comment or suggestion please feel free to email the Rensselaer Collegiate Store at You may also call the Rensselaer Collegiate Store any time at (518) 276-6555 and leave a message.

Additional Information

Store Manager: Ken Palmer

Bookstore Office (518) 276-6555 
Bookstore Fax (518) 276-6507


Mailing Address

Rensselaer Collegiate Store, Rensselaer Student Union
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180