Are there any substitutions for caps and gowns?
The only approved substitution for academic regalia is full military dress.
Where can I purchase regalia?
Official WVU regalia is available at the two WVU Bookstore locations and online at Herff Jones. Please purchase all caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods prior to Commencement. No regalia will be sold at the venue.
Where can I find honor cords, stoles, medallions, etc.?
Graduates who have earned cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors will be presented with an honor cord from their school or college prior to Commencement.
Military honor cords may be obtained by service members who show proof of service at the WVU Veterans Office. Graduating military personnel who choose to wear full military dress to their Commencement ceremony may obtain these cords as a keepsake from WVU in tribute to their service.
Any adornments given by academic organizations will be distributed by those organizations. Unapproved adornments are not permitted.
What color tassel or hood do I wear with my gown?
The Herff Jones color guide will help you identify the correct color selection for tassels and hoods. If your specific major is not listed, staff at the WVU Bookstore can assist you. Contact your school or college for guidance.
What if I’m receiving more than one degree?
If you are a double major, you should wear the color of the highest degree you are receiving. If your degrees are of equal ranking, wear the color of the group with whom you are seated.
What attire should I wear beneath my gown?
The Creative Arts Center has central air but the Coliseum does not. Dressing in lightweight layers is advised. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended!