Graduation Gown Lending Project


Graduation can be a very exciting moment for many of our students, but for some, the cost of buying a graduation gown is another expense that impedes them from fully experiencing the culminating moment of their academic achievement. The Educational Opportunity Program has created the "Graduation Gown Lending Project" to support first generation and low income UC Berkeley students with free rental of graduation gowns. 

Conceived by EOP Peer Academic Counselors, this project was created to help alleviate some of the hardships of graduation expenses. We appreciate any and all gown or monetary donations. With your help, we can ensure low-income students experience the special graduation day they have worked so hard to earn.

Application Process:

The Graduation Gown Lending Project is a service that is only offered to students that are EOP. In order to qualify for the project, a student must either be 1) Low-income and/or 2) First Generation and/or 3) Historically Underrepresented. If you fall under one of these categories, then you can apply for this service! Unsure of EOP status? Stop by the EOP office in 119 Cesar Chavez to be verified by one of our counselors or apply to be EOP here.

*Sometimes students are EOP but may not in our database. That’s okay! Just check in 119 Chavez to be verified and inputted into our system.

Students that apply to the project will be verified if they are EOP by the GGLP team. Students will be notified within two weeks of applying if they were accepted or not.

Spring 2018 Application

The application for Spring 2018 will open on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and close on Saturday April 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Applicants should receive a confirmation email within two weeks after applying about whether they have been accepted or not. A separate email will be sent to accepted students with information regarding Distribution (pickup) and Return (drop off) dates.

Gown Distribution:


  • Monday, March 19th 10am-12pm and 4pm-5pm
  • Wednesday, March 21st 9am-11am
  • Friday, March 23rd 9am-1pm


  • Monday, April 23rd 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday, April 25th 9am-11am and 3pm-6pm
  • Thursday, April 26th 10am-12pm
  • Friday, April 27th 9am-11am and2pm-5pm

**These will be the ONLY days gowns will be available for pickup. Please bring your Student ID**

Location: 72F Stiles Hall (MLK Basement)

PhD Regalia

EOP is excited to partner with to offer Premium UC Blue Regalia to Ph.D. graduates. CAPGOWN is providing qualified graduates with their Doctoral Regalia Set free of charge through their Charitable Initiative. Graduates will be shipped a UC Blue Gown, Ph.D. Hood, and UC Blue Silk Tassel Tam with shipping both ways. You may learn more about the CAPGOWN Charitable initiative HERE and view the UC Rental Set HERE. Students can’t try on Regalia sizes during our open hours.

Open Hours:

Mondays 10am-11am

Wednesdays 10am-11am

Fridays 12-3pm

Location: 72F Stiles Hall (MLK Basement)"

 Thanks for your generous donations of caps and gowns! 

Thanks for your generous donations of caps and gowns! 

Program Launch

Thanks in large part to a gift from the University Section Club, the Graduation Gown Lending Project launched in Spring 2013 just in time for year end ceremonies. Alumni and community sponsors also provided support that resulted in over 100 cap and gowns being lent to students. We received more applications than we could accommodate so we still need your support! 

The GGLP has been featured in the UC Berkeley Newscenter and the SF Chronicle.  

If you wish to provide a new or excellent condition cap and gown instead of making a monetary donation, please drop off or ship the item(s) to:

Graduation Gown Lending Project

UC Berkeley Educational Opportunity Program

119 Cesar Chavez Student Center

Berkeley, CA 94720-4210

Questions? Email or call all 510-642-7224.