Cap and gowns

Caps and gowns are required to participate in the ceremonies. The deadline to order your cap and gown online is March 24.

You may also visit the WSU Bookstore beginning mid-March to order regalia in person during normal business hours.

Cap and gown pricing

  • Bachelor Package (Cap, Gown, Tassel) - $78.98
  • Master Package (Cap, Gown, Tassel, Hood) - $131.96
  • Non-Ph.D./Ed.D. Doctoral Package (Tam, Gown, Tassel, Hood) - $247.94
  • Ph.D./Ed.D. Rental Package (Rental Hood & Gown, Keeper Tam) - $225

Doctoral degree candidates

Doctoral degree candidates (Pharm.D./Aud.D./DPT/DNP) wear regalia that may be purchased through the WSU Bookstore. The regalia includes a doctoral black gown, doctoral hood and tam.

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


Students with high GPAs in their major department do not wear special regalia (e.g., cords or stoles) at commencement. This is called "graduation with distinction," and it is bestowed upon undergraduate students who graduate in the top 20% of their college based on GPA. Your accomplishment is noted on your transcript — as summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude — and in the commencement program booklet. For more information, please refer to the Board of Governors statute 2.43.61.

You can also contact your academic department through your major advisor for additional information.

Colors of tassels and school/college standards

School/college Color
Business Drab
Education Light blue
Engineering Orange
Fine, Performing and Communication Arts Brown
Graduate Studies Crimson
Law Purple
Liberal Arts and Sciences White
Information Sciences Yellow
Medicine Green
Nursing Apricot
Pharmacy and Health Sciences Olive
Social Work Citron
Honors College Royal blue

Diploma frames, order announcements, class rings

Diploma frames may be purchased at the WSU Bookstore. Announcements and class rings may be ordered from Herff Jones and Jostens.

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

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.
Sunday: Closed