UW Commencement

Student Academic Attire

All apparel is provided by Oak Hall Cap & Gown. You will order cap & gown when you complete the Registration/Order Form (available on this website, May 4 – May 22).  You will also be able to order 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). All regalia is for purchase only – there is no rental option.  You will pick up your regalia and other items you ordered at the University Book Store, May 31 – June 4.  When you order, you will be asked to select your pickup date.

Please plan your order carefully! Adding additional items to your order after it has already been placed may be difficult.

Bachelor’s Apparel – $54

Black gown w/seal, mortarboard, degree-colored tassel.
Bachelor robe

Honor Cords – $12

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 – $81

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

Professional Degree Apparel – M.D., J.D., D.D.S., Pharm D – $98

Black doctoral gown, black tam with old gold tassel, degree-colored hood*.professional robe

*Trim colors for the professional degree hoods are as follows:

  • M.D. – green
  • J.D. – purple
  • D.D.S. – lilac
  • Pharm D – olive green

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

PhD Degree Apparel – $98

Purple doctoral gown, black doctoral tam, purple PhD hood.

phd robe

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, will wear PhD regalia.

Those wishing to purchase official custom-fitted UW PhD regalia can contact Oak Hall directly at 1-800-223-0429.

Changing Your Order and 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., additional regalia items) 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. 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.