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.
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 2021 Application Closed
We thank everyone for their patience as we've waited to gain more clarity about the COVID-19 situation. Unfortunately, due to the postponement of commencement and the current restrictions, the Graduation Gown Lending Project will not be able to provide our services this Spring 2021 semester. If you've already submitted an application (whether or not you received an approval email) we will make sure to follow up in the coming months. We'll remain connected to future campus announcements surrounding graduation ceremonies, and will then communicate how GGLP will proceed at that time.
We sincerely apologize and recognize that these are challenging times filled with a wide range of emotions. We honor and celebrate the major accomplishments you've been able to achieve, and hope to celebrate them with you once we're able to.
Grad Student Application
Gown Distribution: TBA
EOP is excited to partner with CAPGOWN.com 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.
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!
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