Caps and Gowns
This past fall, when seniors applied to graduate, they submitted their height measurements to the Registrar's Office for their gown. The College uses this information to place the cap and gown order for all graduating seniors (there is no charge to undergraduate students). Caps and gowns are souvenir regalia that may be kept by the graduates.
Graduating seniors may pick up their caps and gowns (in addition to their Baccalaureate tickets and Commencement "rain plan" tickets) at the Messiah College Ticket Office, located in the ground-floor lobby of Eisenhower Campus Center, on the following dates and times:
Monday, May 13 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14 - 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 17 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 (Commencement morning) - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Graduating seniors must pick up the Baccalaureate tickets and Commencement "rain plan" tickets in person. You will be asked to show your student I.D. to verify that you are a graduating senior, and you will be asked to sign for the tickets to confirm that you have received them.
Note: master's program graduates order their caps, gowns and regalia online, and will have their Commencement "rain plan" tickets sent to them prior to Commencement weekend.
Master’s Program Graduates
Master’s program graduates wear caps, gowns, and hoods that visually distinguish them from undergraduate regalia and represent the specific academic discipline of their degree. Master’s graduates purchase their regalia through a vendor coordinated by the College. Messiah College has partnered with University Cap and Gown for master’s level regalia this year. The complete outfit includes the gown, cap, tassel, and master’s hood. A portion of the hood will be colored according to your program so be sure to mark the specific degree you are earning on the order form.
You will have the option to either purchase ($71.50) or rent ($26.00) your regalia. Students are responsible for the shipping and handling costs. Payment can be made online using Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
To log in:
- Go to www.mygraduationstore.com
- Click “Order My Cap & Gown”
- Create a New User account using School ID: 13205
- For Student ID: use any ID/username of your choice
- For Email Address: input the valid email address you would like to use to receive information about your order
- For Password: input a personalized password
If you are renting your regalia, when placing the order, be sure that the box is checked for the “Return Shipping Label.” There is a $10 charge for this label but it makes the return process much more convenient.
Once the order has been submitted an email confirmation will be sent to the email address entered.
In-stock orders will be shipped within 48 hours of the order being placed. The deadline to order is 4-6 weeks before the graduation ceremony. Packages can be delivered by UPS Ground or UPS Air, though there are no Saturday deliveries.
Please allow plenty of time for delivery, as you will be unable to participate in the commencement ceremony without your regalia. Also, when your regalia arrives please check that you have received the appropriate hood color: pink for the Master of Music in Conducting; light blue for Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Art Education, or Master of Arts in Higher Education; and scarlet for Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministries. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Daisy Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 796-1800, ext. 2100.
If you rent your regalia, the tassel is yours to keep, but you are responsible for returning the cap, gown and hood. Following the graduation ceremony, place your items in the same box in which you received them, attach the return shipping label, and drop off anywhere that ships UPS. If you did not order the return shipping label with your regalia, you must make your own arrangements to process at the shipping vendor of your choice.
At the Commencement ceremony, graduates will receive their diploma cover with a congratulatory note inside. Following the final posting of grades, the Registrar's Office will review the academic record of each student and make final verification of all coursework and degrees. At that time (approximately four weeks following the Commencement ceremony), diplomas will be mailed to the address requested by the student via first class mail. Accordingly, it is important that each student have a valid mailing address on file with the Registrar's Office prior to Commencement.
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