UW Commencement

Student Academic Attire

All Husky Stadium Commencement participants must be attired in the appropriate academic apparel as outlined below. If you are attending a School, College, Departmental or other event please check to see if you will need a cap and gown.

All apparel is provided by Oak Hall and must be ordered via the Registration/Order Form, at this website, from May 8 to May 26. Bachelor’s and master’s regalia is for purchase only – there is no rental option.

Bachelor’s Apparel

Black gown w/seal, mortarboard, degree-colored tassel. $54
black Bachelor's graduation robe with University of Washington seal on left shoulder

Honor Cords

Special honor cords, if awarded, may be worn by undergraduate students who have earned baccalaureate honors (Cum laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude). Baccalaureate honors are determined by the Registrar based on GPA. For details, contact the Office of the Registrar at ugradoff@uw.edu or 206-543-1803.

Ceremonial cords are also available to students completing a curriculum within the University Honors Program: Interdisciplinary Honors, Departmental Honors, or College Honors (Departmental Honors plus Interdisciplinary Honors). For details, contact the Honors Program at uwhonors@uw.edu or 206-543-7444.

Master’s Apparel

Black master’s gown, mortarboard, black tassel, degree-colored hood. $81
Black Master's robe with yellow hood

Doctoral Apparel

For Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Audiology and Doctor of Nursing Practice. Purple gown and tam, gold tassel, Ph.D. hood.

  • Option 1 – Rent all items (gown, tam and hood). If you select this option you must return all items following Commencement. $96
  • Option 2 – Rent the gown and tam and purchase the hood. $215
    If you choose this option you can keep your hood, but must return the gown and tam following Commencement.
  • Option 3 – Purchase full doctoral regalia by contacting Oak Hall at 1-800-223-0429. You will still need to complete the graduation Registration/Order Form to purchase parking and to participate in the main ceremony.
    Purple graduation gown with purple hood

Professional Apparel

  • L.L.M. – Black master gown & mortarboard, black tassel, degree-colored hood. $81
  • D.D.S., Pharm.D. – Traditional black doctoral gown and mortarboard, degree-colored hood, old gold tassel.
    Rental price: $96
    Purchase hood, rent gown and mortarboard: $175
  • M.D., J.D. – Traditional black doctoral gown, black tam, degree-colored hood, old gold tassel. Rental price: $96
    Purchase hood, rent gown and tam: $175
    Green graduation gown with green hood

Apparel Pickup at the University Book Store

June 4, Bachelor’s degree only, 9 am – 7 pm
June 5 – June 8, All degrees, 9 am – 7 pm

Select a pickup date when you complete the Registration/Order Form. You must pick up your order on the date you select. Students who indicate on the registration form that they are no longer in the Seattle area will be directed to specific pick up times closer to the date of the ceremony.

Third Party Pickup
A third party may pick up your order provided they have a photo ID and a signed copy of your web receipt authorizing [third-party name] to pick up your order.

Doctoral Apparel Return

Except for items that have been purchased, Ph.D. and professional degree candidates will need to return their rental regalia to the University Book Store.  This can be done on the following dates:

June 8 – June 19, at University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE, during normal book store hours.

Should you fail to return your regalia on the dates listed above you may be charged the full replacement cost.

Changes or Refunds

Once your form has been submitted, you will not be able to make changes online. Any changes required to your order (e.g., extra tickets or parking passes) may be requested when picking up your order. Students are responsible for checking the accuracy of their order at the time of pick up. Late notification of an error may result in additional costs.

Refunds for apparel will be granted only before orders are picked up. Once the order has been picked up, no refunds will be granted. No refunds will be granted once ceremonies begin. Please check your order before you leave the pickup location to make sure you have what you ordered. You may request a refund by completing the online Refund Form.