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Commencement Attire


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 laudemagna 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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need tickets?

For December and May commencement, family and guests of a graduate do not need tickets. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Where do I register and check in?

For December graduation graduates must report to the Coliseum's 2nd level Country Roads Gate one hour before the ceremony to check-in and receive instructions for line-up.

For May graduation details on check in will be announced based on your college's assigned date, time, and location of graduation. Please visit the May Ceremony page for the date, time, and location of your graduation ceremony.

What is the appropriate graduation attire?

All graduates must wear academic regalia (cap and gown). The only substitution for the cap and gown is military dress.

Official WVU regalia is available at the two WVUBookstore 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.

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