Black cap and gown are required if participating in the Diploma Ceremony.
You can purchase cap, gown, tassels, stoles, announcements and more from Herff Jones at www.herffjones.com/college/uwec.
Limited supplies will also be available for purchase from the University Bookstore. For more information call 715-836-2171.
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 email@example.com for additional information.
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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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.