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What is Cap and Gown’s mission?
The mission of Cap and Gown is to cultivate and empower women leaders by bringing together members of the Stanford community who demonstrate and celebrate women’s leadership. We connect active women leaders on campus to our successful alumni through meaningful service and networking events. With over 2,000 alumni in a variety of fields, Cap and Gown promotes women’s leadership across the world.

Why should I join Cap and Gown?
Cap and Gown allows you to:

  • Network with Cap and Gown alumnae across various professional fields, including medicine, law, business, engineering, public service and many more;

  • Learn from women who share your Stanford experiences and can lend a hand in finding resources to help you excel;

  • Find leadership opportunities on campus and after Stanford;

  • Join a class of accomplished, motivated, and diverse role models for Stanford women; and

  • Become part of a legacy of esteemed alumnae such as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Marguerite Blake Wilbur, and Edith Mirrielees.


Who is eligible for active membership in Cap and Gown?
All Stanford undergraduate students.

What are some responsibilities and expectations of students?
Students are expected to maintain a vibrant role in the organization. They are expected to brainstorm, plan, organize, and run events aligned with the mission of the organization. Here are some current and upcoming events hosted by Cap and Gown.

What is the role of Cap and Gown alumnae?
Cap and Gown is a lifetime membership. Upon receiving the Cap and Gown Leader Award, students become alumni of the organization. Cap and Gown hopes that its alumni maintain an active role in the organization, whether through attending, planning and supporting events or by being a mentor.

Does Cap and Gown have an application process?
No, any and all students are encouraged to join. Prospective members are invited to become members after attending a fall event. Students are expected to attend all alumni events (one per quarter). Students may also apply for the distinguished Cap and Gown Leader Award; this is separate from general membership.

Who do I contact for more information?
Sign up for our mailing list here!

Email with any questions or inquiries!

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