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Cap, gown, and more

Traditional caps and gowns are recommended at all WSU 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.

Regalia and virtual ceremonies

Even when ceremonies are held online, rather than in-person, many graduates find that wearing a cap and gown reinforces their sense of accomplishment. It creates memorable photo opportunities and gives grads special recognition at small family gatherings.

If you rent regalia for in-person ceremonies that are later canceled, you are still responsible for the cost of the rental.

Renting regalia

If you plan to participate in Pullman ceremonies (whether or not you are based on the Pullman campus), follow the instructions below to rent regalia.

Order regalia at least 6 weeks before the ceremony.

Undergraduate, masters and professional degree students

You may rent your regalia either of the following ways:

  • At the Virtual Grad Fair 
    Attend this event to get an early bird discount on your rental.  March 9-11 9AM to 4PM. More details coming. 
  • Online at Herff Jones
    If you miss the Virtual Grad Fair, you may rent regalia directly from the Herff Jones website. You must still place your order 6 weeks in advance of the event. Other graduation products are also available from Herff Jones.

Faculty and doctoral students

Rent regalia from The Bookie.

Purchasing regalia

Doctoral students and faculty members may purchase regalia from The Bookie.  Allow 6 to 8 weeks lead time when ordering. 

Returning regalia rentals

Undergraduate and masters students

  • Return to Herff Jones in the postage-paid return packaging provided with your rental.
  • Remember to keep your cap and tassel!

Doctoral students

Return all regalia to The Bookie.


The Bookie
North East 1500 Terrell Mall
Compton Union Building
PO Box 549
Pullman, WA 99163
509-332-2537, ext. 105

Tips for wearing regalia

  • 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.) 
    crimson/grey University Yoke
  • Doctoral candidates, remove your tam during hooding.

Honor cords

Undergraduates earning a 3.5 or higher grade-point average are considered honor students and can receive a custom WSU honor cord of crimson and silver. Contact your academic department or college dean’s office for information. (Neither Herff Jones nor The Bookie provides honor cords.)