Rent Your Regalia

Regalia Information

Students participating in convocation must wear the proper VIU regalia for their program (cap and gown, and hood or stole for some programs), with the exception that Indigenous students may wear traditional regalia.

If you plan to wear your Indigenous/Métis/Inuit regalia instead of VIU regalia, please email us at to let us know.  That way, we won't worry if we don't see your name in the list of VIU regalia orders that we get from Gaspard.

Regalia must be rented through Gaspard's Build-a-Grad online order site between March 15 - May 3, 2023. See the Build-a-Grad site for rental fees and other information.

The VIU Graduation/Alumni fee does not cover the cost of renting regalia. All cancellations for refund must be received by Gaspard before April 28 at 11:59 pm (PST). Refunds will not be accepted after this date.

If you missed the online rental deadline, email at the Nanaimo Campus Store between May 4 - 12. A non-refundable $50 late fee will be charged in addition to the regalia rental cost.

Regalia will be available for pickup from the the Nanaimo Campus Store during business hours starting on Friday, June 16.

To authorize someone else to pick up your regalia on your behalf, give them a note of permission (a letter or email) to take with them to the Campus Store. Your note should include your full name and student number, and the exact credential you are receiving, to ensure they get the correct regalia.

Regalia must be returned to the Nanaimo Campus Store, in Building 305, immediately after your ceremony.

Questions About Regalia

If you have question or concerns about your regalia order, please call Gaspard at 1-800-380-8214 Extension 5729, Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 2:30 pm (PST) or email them at

Find your program's hood colour

Learn how to pin a hood to your regalia

Contact with general convocation questions.