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Announcements + Regalia

Dress for Success

Black cap and gown and blue and gold tassel are required if participating in the ceremony.

How To Purchase

Attend Countdown to Commencement on November 17 to purchase regalia from the University Bookstore. Items may be purchased as a full package or ala carte.

If you are unable to attend Countdown to Commencement, visit Herff Jones for a full selection of cap, gown, tassels, stoles, announcements and more. Online orders must be received no later than November 18 to be guaranteed delivery in time for the ceremonies.

Baccalaureate Candidate Regalia

Caps: Candidates for bachelor's degrees should purchase a mortarboard.

Gowns: Candidates for bachelor's degrees should purchase a black gown with square sleeves.

Cords and Stoles: Candidates for bachelor's degrees may choose to purchase cords or stoles if the critera for such items has been meet. Additional information and critera are listed below.

Doctoral, Specialist and Master's Candidate Regalia

Caps: Doctoral candidates may purchase a tam. Specialist and Masters candidates should purchase a mortarboard.

Gowns: Doctoral candidates should purchase a black gown with a bell shaped sleeve and velvet bands. Master's and Specialist candidates should purchase a black gown with oblong sleeves.

Hoods: All Doctoral, Specialist and Master's candidates should purchase hoods, but should not purchase cords. Hoods are trimmed with the colors of the institution and the color of your degree. Reference the color chart below.

D.N.P. Nursing Apricot
Ed.S. School Psychology Light Blue
M.A. English White
M.A. History White
M.B.A. Business Drab
M.E. Professional Development Light Blue
M.S. Athletic Training Gold
M.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders Gold
M.S. Data Science Gold
M.S.E. School Psychology Light Blue
M.S.N. Nursing Apricot
Cap and Tassel
  • The mortarboard cap should be worn horizontally to the ground (not tipped in any direction), with the point of the cap in the middle of the forehead.
  • Undergraduates wear the tassel on the right side of the cap until formal conferral during the ceremony.
  • Doctoral, Master and Specialist degree candidates wear tassels on the left side at all times.
Honor Cords and Stoles
  • Undergraduates may choose to wear cords and/or stoles.
  • Doctoral, Master and Specialist degree candidates should only wear hoods.
  • Doctoral, Master and Specialist degree candidates must purchase and bring their hoods for the formal hooding which occurs during the formal ceremony.

Honor Cords and Stoles

Gold Cords: Academic distinction based on scholastic record.
You may purchase gold cords based on the following GPA's. Cum Laude (3.2), Magna Cum Laude (3.5), and Summa Cum Laude (3.8). This GPA is based on the semester just prior to Commencement and both your UWEC (Resident) GPA and your Total (all college credits) GPA must be above 3.2 in order to wear gold cords at Commencement.

Silver Cords: Honor Society Members
Members of an honor society can wear the silver cords. A list of UW-Eau Claire honor societies can be found on this website.

Red, White and Blue Cords: Active Military or Veterans

Green Cords: Excellence in Sustainability Honors
Students must have accumulated a total of 10 points or more over the course of their undergraduate career, based on the critera found on the SOS website.

Rainbow Cords: LGBTQIA+ Graduates
The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center recognizes LGBTQIA+ graduates by providing Rainbow Cords and hosting a Walking OUT celebration. LGBTQIA+ students are invited to contact the GSRC for additional information.

Blue, White and Black Cords: Resident Assistants
The UW-Eau Claire Housing Staff will be providing cords to graduates who are RA's in our residence halls. You can reach out to for additional information.

International Stoles:
International stoles can represent the country of origin for a student or the academic accomplishments of a student that has studied abroad. If you studied abroad, please consider purchasing a stole to represent that country. The following countries are available at the University Bookstore for purchase: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America. If your country is not on this list, please contact the Bookstore for a special order option.

Stoles of Gratitude:
A stole of gratitude can be worn during the commencement ceremony. After the ceremony, the new graduate presents the stole to someone who provided help or support during their college journey, like parents, relatives, or mentors who have helped with wisdom, words of support, or with financial assistance

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