UW Commencement

Student Academic Attire

All apparel is provided by Oak Hall Cap & Gown. Once you have completed and submitted the Registration/Order Form (May 5 – 16 on this website), you will be given a unique access code and directions to the Oak Hall website, where you will be able to order your cap and gown set, and other items as desired (souvenir tassels, extra degree tassels, mortarboards, hoods, honor cords, and stoles of gratitude for those who have helped you during your college career). Bachelor’s and master’s regalia are for purchase only – there is no rental option.

As they did last year, Oak Hall is making available brand new doctoral regalia that graduates receiving doctoral degrees may purchase.

All regalia will be shipped directly to the student at an address they provide. Retail pricing is presented below.

Bachelor’s Apparel – $50

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

Honor Cords – $11

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 (including L.L.M.) – $74

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

PhD Apparel – $90.

Graduates who have earned a Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Audiology or Doctor of Nursing Practice, typically wear the UW purple and gold PhD regalia, which consists of a purple gown, a tam with a gold tassel, and a Ph.D. hood.

As mentioned above, this year, in response to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, our apparel provider has made available brand new doctoral regalia for purchase – no return needed. The regalia consists of a

  • Black tam with gold tassel.
  • Traditional black doctoral gown.
  • Black hood with traditional blue trim designating the PhD degree and UW purple and gold in satin on the interior.

Graduates who do not have health concerns and would prefer to rent the purple and gold PhD regalia will receive instructions after they complete the Commencement Registration/Order form with a link to Oak Hall’s rental form.. Those renting UW purple and gold PhD regalia will need to leave a $450 deposit on account to ensure the safe return of the regalia.

In observance of social distancing, the regalia will be shipped to an address provided by the graduate.

Graduates wishing to purchase official custom-fitted UW PhD purple and gold regalia should contact Oak Hall directly at 1-800-223-0429

Professional Apparel – $90

  • Pharm.D.M.D., J.D., D.D.S. – As mentioned above, this year, in response to health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, our apparel provider has made available brand new doctoral regalia for purchase – no return needed. There is no rental option. Professional degree regalia consists of a
  • Black tam with old gold tassel.
  • Traditional black doctoral gown.
  • Black hood with a colored trim reflecting the appropriate professional degree (medicine: green; law: purple; pharmacy: olive green; dentistry: lilac) and UW purple and gold in satin on the interior.

In observance of social distancing, the regalia will be shipped to an address provided by the graduate.

Those wishing to purchase custom-fitted UW professional degree regalia may contact Oak Hall directly at 1-800-223-0429.

Changing Your Order

Once your form has been submitted, you will need to contact Oak Hall directly and provide the your access code to change or add to your order. Once the order is shipped there are no returns or refunds.