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Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Dowdy Students Stores in the Wright Building is East Carolina University's official source for graduation regalia, merchandise, and apparel.

A Graduation Expo is held each semester for upcoming graduates in October and February, where students pick up caps & gowns, and order other graduation products. If you miss the Grad Expo, you may pick up your cap and gown during any regular business hours at Dowdy Student Store in Wright.

Jostens and University Frames are ECU vendors selling custom printed announcements, class rings, and diploma frames. You may visit Jostens or University Frames to view their merchandise.

Distance education students should see below for ordering & shipping information if they are unable to pick up their cap & gown in person.

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Fall Graduation

Fall graduates will be able to pick up a cap and gown at Dowdy Student Stores as soon as possible during regular business hours.

See below for the downloadable form you will need to complete or you may complete one in person at the store. There is no charge for undergraduates as this cost was built into other student graduation fee. Master's degree students will pay for their hood if participating in the ceremony. Medical and PhD students rent or purchase regalia - see below.

Cap and Gown Form

[Download Cap and Gown Form (Word doc)]

[Download Cap and Gown Form (PDF)]

Medical and PhD students, please refer to separate instructions for rental regalia.

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Distance Education Students and Students Unable to Visit the Store:

For distance education students who are unable to visit the Dowdy Student Store to get their graduation regalia, we will gladly ship this to you for a minimum shipping and handling charge of $8.00. Please also add 7% sales tax if being shipped within North Carolina.

  1. Simply download and print the appropriate commencement apparel form above. (Undergraduate/Graduate/PhD)
  2. Complete the form including your signature and date, phone number and ship to address (no PO Boxes).
  3. Submit the completed form to us via fax at (252) 328-4359, mail, or scan and e-mail it to studentstores@ecu.edu. Our mailing address is ECU Dowdy Student Stores, Wright Bldg. - Mail Stop 210, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858. Submit form on or after the grad expo for that semester.

Once we have received a completed commencement apparel form, we will contact you for payment information.

There is an additional charge for those students that will require a Master's degree hood, honor cord, and additional caps, gowns, and tassels.

There is no need to send in your form in advance if you are picking up your regalia at the Customer Service counter in the store.

Link to University Frames for online ordering


Owned & operated by East Carolina University, our profits are returned to scholarships and campus programs. When you shop with Dowdy Students Stores, you are helping to support ECU students.