The class of 2018’s diplomas may arrive with a hefty price tag this year. Just as many of the graduating seniors’ time paying college tuition is coming to a close, the traditions and regalia associated with graduation pose a financial burden in itself.
Diploma frames from the student stores begin at $165, and prices can reach a maximum of $275 before taxes. The cap and gown regalia begin at $59.99 for the basic undergraduate student cap and gown and go up to $89.99 for the deluxe package, which also comes with a stole. Masters and doctorate regalia cost $69.99 and $79.99, respectively.
“I felt obligated and kind of expected to buy the regalia, so I did, but I’m still mad about it,” senior Rachel Maguire said. “Namely how much it cost and the fact that the University could afford to give us our cap and gowns for free like (University of North Carolina Wilmington) does.”
Eric Johnson, assistant director of Policy and Communications for The Office of Scholarships & Student Aid, said there is not a specific amount in the aid budget for graduation items. These costs would likely fall under the miscellaneous and personal category of expenses.
“We just want to make sure you get the diploma,” Johnson said.