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Graduation Regalia & Accessories
Dowdy Student Stores is your graduation regalia headquarters.
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GradExpo at Dowdy in Wright Building
Graduating in May?

See below for information regarding cap & gown pick-up, and more!


May 2015 Grads... This is your first chance to pick up your cap & gown!

Located inside Dowdy Student Stores in the Wright Building, the Graduation Expo is a time set for May 2015 graduates to shop for announcements, a class ring, diploma frame, and more. Meet with the Registrar to be sure you've met your requirements; and talk with various groups about your upcoming title of "ECU Alumnus" and the benefits this brings! 

Event Hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 10 & 11:  10am-7pm
Thursday, Feb. 12: 10am-4pm

Visit vendors for chance at door prizes!  Jostens will be giving away three $100 gasoline gift cards and Dowdy will give one lucky grad a free diploma frame! Simply pick up your "passport" and have vendors check it off as you visit with them. Drop it off on your way out to enter for your chance to win one of these prizes.

Jostens • University Frames • ECU Alumni Association • The Career Center • College of Education Office of Alternative Licensure • Student Recreation Center • Buccaneer Yearbook

Can't make it?  If you cannot make it to the expo, you can pick up your cap and gown after February 12th.  Gowns can be shipped to distance education students for a small fee. (See below).

Nursing Students

Nursing pin orders are taken at Dowdy Student Stores.  Spring ceremony orders are due by February 13, 2015. Nursing students will receive their pins during the pinning ceremony.

To order a pin, fill out this form and bring to Dowdy Student Stores customer service counter:

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Students walking in the May 2015 ceremony will be able to pick up their cap & gown at the GRADUATION EXPO in February.  The main expo is at the Wright Building Store, February 10-12 for undergraduate and masters degree students. 

Students should download the cap and gown form below and bring it to the Customer Service desk at the Dowdy Store in the Wright Building or pick up a form at the store. There is no charge for undergraduates as this cost was built into other student fees. Master's degree students and above will need to purchase a hood if participating in the ceremony. Medical students, and students unable to pickup gowns in person, please see below.



Medical, Dental and PhD Students

Download Medical/Dental and PhD Student Regalia Rental Form (Word Doc)
Download Regalia Rental Form PDF Format

Medical students should download the regalia form, to rent and pick up their cap & gown at the Medical Bookstore in Brody 1S-04. More details to be provided soon.


For those students who are unable to visit the Dowdy Student Stores during the Graduation Expos 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  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 are purchasing the required Master's degree hood; as well as honor cords, and additional caps, gowns, and tassels.

The embroidered stole is a nice addition to your gown

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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. This is the first opportunity for seniors to pick up their cap and gown. Tables have information and special offers for seniors. Graduates should plan to attend this event at the ECU Dowdy Student Stores in the Wright Building. The expo is held in early October for December graduates, and February for May graduates.

Jostens representatives will be on hand to speak with you about announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and graduation packages.  Many seniors will have received a mailing from Jostens about special packages that can be ordered.  If not, information about these can also be found at the Expo. 

Along with Jostens are representatives from University Frames, and many ECU departments with information and offers for the soon-to-be ECU Alumnus!