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Dress for Success

Black cap, black gown, and blue and gold tassel are required if participating in the ceremony. The recommended dress code for graduates is business attire.

Three Purchase Options

Online Ship to Campus: Pre-order on the Jostens website and ship to the Bookstore for in-person pick-up at Countdown to Commencement on April 10. Pre-ordering is a good option for students who don't want to pay for the regalia now, but want to ensure that they'll get the size that they need. Select the “Student 2024 Ships to Bookstore” option. Order deadline is February 25, 2024.

In The Bookstore: Beginning on April 10 at Countdown to Commencement, regalia will be available for purchase from the University Bookstore. Items may be purchased as a full package or ala carte.

Online Ship to Home: If you are unable to come to campus, visit Jostens website for a full selection of cap, gown, tassels, stoles, announcements and more. Look for links to “Graduation Caps & Gowns” as well as “Affiliation Accessories” on their website. Please select the “Student 2024 Ships to Home” option. Order deadline is April 11.

*DNP Graduates must purchase regalia online.

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 criteria for such items has been meet. Additional information and criteria 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.

Academic Hood Color Chart 

D.N.P. Doctor of Nursing Practice Apricot 
Ed.S. Education Specialist Degree in Schoool Psychology Light Blue
M.A. Master of Arts in History White
M.A.  Master of Arts in History - Public History White
M.B.A.  Master of Business Administration Drab
M.E.P.D.  Master of Education in Professional Development Light Blue
M.S.  Master of Science in Athletic Training Gold 
M.S.  Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders Gold 
M.S.  Master of Science in Data Science Gold 
M.S.  Master of Science in Education Light Blue
M.S.N. Master of Science in Nursing Apricot 

How to wear regalia

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 for Baccalaureate candidates only.
Baccalaureate candidates may purchase a gold cord based on the following GPA's. Cum Laude (3.2), Magna Cum Laude (3.5), and Summa Cum Laude (3.8).
Graduation with distinction is conferred at commencement exercises upon eligible students earning a first or second baccalaureate or associate degree. Eligibility is based on both the resident and the total GPAs as defined under Grade Point Requirements. A student must earn in both computations (resident and total GPAs) the minimum GPA required at each of the three levels of distinction listed below and a minimum of 30 credits in residence to be eligible.
The announcement of graduation with distinction made at the commencement ceremony is based on all work completed prior to the student’s final semester; however, the actual conferral of graduation with distinction will be based on the student’s entire record, including the final semester.
Silver Cords: Honor Society Members
Baccalaureate candidates who are members of a UW-Eau Claire recognized honor society can purchase and wear the silver cords. A list of UW-Eau Claire honor societies can be found on this website.
Blue, White and Black Cords: Resident Assistants
The UW-Eau Claire Housing Staff will provide cords to graduates who are RA's in our residence halls. Reach out to Deb Newman at for additional information.
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 criteria 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.
Red, White and Blue Cords: Active Military or Veterans
Reach out to Miranda Cross-Schindler for additional information.
Teal Cords: First Generation or First in Family Graduate
Students who are the first in their family or first generation graduates are identified by teal cords. Please visit the Dean of Students office, located in 240 Schofield Hall, to self-identify and request cords.
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 purchased and 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.
Student Athlete Stoles:
Student athletes who positively represent the university in the classroom as well as in intercollegiate athletic competition could be eligible to wear this stole. Student athletes who appear on a UWEC varsity collegiate athletic roster for four or more seasons or who appear on a UWEC varsity collegiate athletic roster during the calendar year in which they graduate could qualify. Please contact the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for additional information.


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