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Mean Green Gowns for Grads

Graduates in their gowns and logo

Graduation is a very exciting time for many of our students and a milestone not to be forgotten.  We know some of our undergraduate students are not able to afford the price of a cap and gown and therefore do not walk across the stage to celebrate this huge academic accomplishment. The Dean of Students office under the Division of Student Affairs has created the “Mean Green Gowns for Grads” program to support our low-income and first-generation University of North Texas students with a free rental of graduation caps and gowns.

This program is to help alleviate some of the hardships of graduation expenses for our students who may not otherwise be able to participate in graduation after working so hard for a degree.  We appreciate all cap/gown donations from UNT alum and monetary donations.  With your help, we can guarantee all of our students have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments on graduation day!

Application Process

Mean Green Gowns for Grads is a program offered to first-generation college students, DACA students, historically underrepresented or low-income students.  If you fall under one of these categories, then you can apply for this program! The Dean of Students office will work with UNT departments such as Financial Aid, Multicultural Center, Trio, etc. to establish the eligibility of each applicant.  

Mean Green Gowns for Grads is a program that is donation-based and continues to grow and be successful through numerous donations from UNT students, alumni, and the community. We are very thankful to have this program through UNT, however, we do have limited resources for our Masters and Doctoral Students. Since we do have limited items, we run on a first-come, first-serve system, but we want to provide an opportunity for every student to receive this help.

Applications are now closed for the Spring 2023 semester.

If you have any questions, please contact

The Mean Green Gowns for Grads (MGGG) is funded by the We Mean Green Fund. The We Mean Green Fund (WMGF) provides funding for students, staff, and faculty members of the UNT community to make our campus even greener! One mission of MGGG is to increase sustainability on campus, promote environmental justice, and decrease the waste stream.

Traditional graduation gowns are generally made of polyester, a petroleum-based fabric that does not biodegrade. These “keepsake” gowns are typically only worn once and then thrown away. Constructed with the same chemical compound used to make plastic water bottles, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the polyester gowns will not fully decompose once in those landfills. Research shows that it takes 450 years for plastic bottles to break down in landfills (LeBlanc, 2019).

MGGG operates primarily through donations of regalia from generous alumni. Reusing graduation gowns over the years helps is more sustainable. Thank you for applying to MGGG and helping to make UNT a more green campus!

LeBlanc, R. (2019, October 29). The decomposition of waste in landfills. The Balance Small Business.

Donations & Support:

We will be accepting any gently used UNT caps and gowns. Currently, we are requesting Master's gowns in high priority, but can take undergraduate and doctoral gowns as well. 

They can be dropped off at the following locations:
Dean of Students Office, University Union 409  
UNT Alumni Center, Gateway 170
Registrar, 1st floor of the ESSC

Mailed to:
Mean Green Gowns for Grads
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305008
Denton Texas 76203-5017

Don’t have a gown to donate, but want to contribute? You can submit a monetary contribution to our program! Below is a breakdown of what your contribution would provide to students. Your contribution can help a student walk the stage to celebrate their accomplishment! (Note: your contribution will supply whatever is most needed at the time of donation and does not guarantee to purchase a specific item below.) 

$11 cleans one gown using environmentally conscious practices 

$52.50 is the equivalent of one bachelor’s package 

$120.50 is the equivalent of one master’s package 

$171.50 is the equivalent one MFA package 

For questions, you can email or call 940-565-2648.