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Caps, Gowns, and More!

Traditional caps and gowns are recommended at all WSU in-person Commencement ceremonies. The Academic Costume Code guides the design of regalia used at colleges and universities nationwide.

Those being commissioned as officers in the ROTC program may choose to wear either their military uniform or a cap and gown.

Renting Regalia

  • Rent regalia directly from the Herff Jones website.
  • Student deadline to rent regalia: April 17th.
  • Faculty regalia is paid for by WSU Tri-Cities.
  • Other graduation products are also available from Herff Jones.

Returning Rentals

  • All rentals must be returned by mail by May 13th.
  • Bachelor and Master students keep your cap and tassel. Doctorate students keep your tam and tassel.

Honor Cords

Cum Laude3.50 - 3.69
Magna Cum Laude3.70 - 3.89
Summa Cum Laude3.90 or higher

Students who have applied to graduate (Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022) can pick up their honor cords from Floyd 269A (Cashier’s Window) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m on the following dates:

April 25th – 29th

May 2nd – 6th

Honor cords will also be available for pickup on the day of Commencement at the Toyota Center.

Your WSU student ID is required to pick up your honor cords.

Final honors status (printed on your diploma and official transcript) will be based on all WSU graded credits and grade point average through your last term as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student.

Honor cords are based on fall 2021 hours and GPA.

Only undergraduates are eligible for honor cords; graduate students receive hoods.

The WSU Tri-Cities Bookie will have various graduation items available for purchase on campus before the day of Commencement.


Regalia Tips

  • Wear tassels on the right side.
  • Remove academic caps during the posting of the colors and national anthem.
  • Wear your stoles, sashes, and cords underneath the crimson/grey University yoke. Pull the yoke up snug to your throat with no sagging or gaping. (To do this, reach around to the back and pull the end of the yoke down.)
  • Doctoral candidates, remove your tam during hooding.
  • Master’s degree candidates, you will wear your hood during the processional and the ceremony. Check out this tutorial for information on how to wear your master’s hood.
  • Check out this video from WSU Vancouver for a graduate hooding demonstration!