Frequently asked questions

  • What about academic regalia?

    All graduates must wear academic regalia for their ceremony. Oak Hall is the official university vendor for all caps and gowns. Caps and gowns may be purchased at the WSU Bookstore beginning Oct. 1. Bachelor, master and doctoral candidates may also order regalia online Oct. 1 through Nov. 16.

    Ph.D./Ed.D. candidates must place their rental order at the WSU Bookstore beginning Oct. 1.

    If you are placing an online order, it is highly recommended that you place your order early to ensure you receive your regalia on time.

    Bachelor’s degree candidates

    The bachelor’s cap and gown is $68.98 plus tax.

    Master’s degree candidates

    The master’s gown, cap and hood is $114.98 plus tax. 

    Doctoral degree candidates

    Doctoral degree candidates (Pharm.D./Aud.D./DPT/DNP) wear doctoral regalia that may be purchased through the WSU Bookstore. The regalia includes doctoral black gown, doctoral hood and tam. The cost for doctoral regalia is $186.98 plus tax.

    Ph.D./Ed.D degree candidates

    Ph.D. and Ed.D. degree candidates wear regalia that must be rented through the WSU Bookstore. The regalia includes a custom Wayne State University gown, hood and tam. The graduate may keep the tam. The rental fee for Ph.D./Ed.D. regalia is $220 plus tax.

    The bookstore will inform Ph.D./Ed.D. degree candidates of the due date for all rented regalia. Place orders as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery of regalia and void additional shipping charges.

    Regalia may be purchased at the WSU Bookstore during normal business hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday. The bookstore accepts cash, check, credit card and OneCard for academic regalia. Call the bookstore at 313-577-2436 with questions.

  • What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

    Graduation is completing your degree requirements and earning your diploma; commencement is the celebration of graduation. Attending commencement is not required — but we encourage you to celebrate this milestone!

    Walking in commencement does not mean that you have completed your degree requirements or that you will receive your diploma. Please verify with both your major advisor in your department and/or your general academic advisor to be certain you have completed all your degree requirements.

    For additional information, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

  • How do I check my academic status?

    Review your STARS degree audit in Academica, and contact your academic advisor if you are unsure whether all of your requirements have been met or if you have any questions.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my degree application or my diploma?

    For questions regarding degree applications or diploma status, contact your advisor of the Office of the Registrar at

    For questions concerning academic status, contact your advisor in your college or school.

  • How can I purchase a diploma frame, order announcements or buy a class ring?

    Diploma frames may be purchased at the WSU Bookstore. Announcements and class rings may be ordered from Balfour, the official university vendor. Please visit for additional information.

  • Can I purchase a commemorative commencement T-shirt listing the names of graduates on the back?

    You can purchase a commemorative T-shirt listing graduates names. The Commencement Group strongly encourages everyone to take advantage of its online preorder service. The Commencement Group will be at the Wayne State Fieldhouse on commencement days and will have a contact-free customer experience for those who are picking up their pre-purchased and reserved product.

  • Can I still order my graduation cap and gown and other regalia?

    For questions regarding caps and gowns, announcements, rings, or diploma frames, contact the WSU Bookstore at 313-577-2436.

  • How do I purchase my tickets and guest tickets?

    The university does not sell tickets. Graduates must have a Graduate Access Pass for entry to the Wayne State Fieldhouse.

    Guests must complete the Guest Campus Screener before arriving to campus and must present their ticket for entry to the Wayne State Fieldhouse.

    Tickets are required for all graduates and guests, no matter the age, attending commencement.


  • Will the commencement ceremonies be live streamed?

    Yes, the ceremonies will be live streamed at 

  • What if I have a question that is not addressed here?

    Please check your WSU email for correspondence and messages from the Commencement Office. For questions regarding the commencement ceremonies, please call the Commencement Office at or 313-577-0300.

    Should you have questions regarding your degree status, please contact your academic advisor. The Office of University Commencement does not have access to your records.