The “Dr. Rich” Cap & Gown Program

Are you graduating soon? Does the daunting prospect of purchasing a cap and gown make you want to skip your graduation ceremony?

Never fear: the Graduate Student Assembly’s “Dr. Rich” Cap and Gown Program will loan a limited number of graduation gowns and caps to graduate students participating in our upcoming Spring 2019 graduation ceremonies. Go to that graduation ceremony and bask in the glory of your accomplishments!

Each student who wins the lottery will be eligible, in exchange for a $10 fee, to rent a gown in their respective size AND one (one size fits all) cap. The hood and tassel are NOT provided by GSA and should be purchased by the student. As this is a free loan program, students will be held fully responsible for returning the gown and cap in fair condition to the GSA. Please keep in mind that these caps and gowns may have been used in previous years, but have been cleaned prior to hand out.

Note that we accept cash or check as forms of payment. If you do choose to pay with a check, be sure to make it out to “Treasurer of Virginia Tech” – this is the only way your check will be accepted.

Spring 2019 “Lottery” Information

Please be aware: Submission does not guarantee a cap and gown

Graduating with a master’s or PhD degree this spring? Want to participate in graduation but don’t want to buy the cap and gown required? For a rental fee of $10, receive the cap and gown necessary for commencement (this does not include the tassel, hood, or any other items required). Visit to submit lottery information. Questions? Contact Chelsea Corkins at Program closes Monday, Apr 8.

Questions? Contact Chelsea Corkins, our Director of Programs, at