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Cap, gown, and more

Traditional caps and gowns are recommended at all WSU in-person 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.

Renting regalia

To rent regalia for Fall 2022, follow the instructions below.

Order regalia by November 4, 2022.

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

How to rent

You may rent your regalia either of the following ways:

Online at Herff Jones

  • Early bird pricing is available from Monday, August 1 through Friday, October 7.
  • All WSU campuses may rent regalia directly from the Herff Jones website before Friday, November 4, 2022.
  • Regalia rented online may be picked up in Pullman at the Grad Fair or the Bookie with no fee.
  • It can be mailed directly to your home address for a fee of $15.95. This also comes with a pre-paid return label for easy returns.
  • Other graduation products are also available from Herff Jones.

At the Grad Fair 

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022
    9 a.m to 5 p.m.
    The Bookie
  • Note: early bird pricing is not available at the Grad Fair.


Rent academic regalia at Herff Jones.

  • Ordering available beginning August 1.
  • Shipment to home or office is available at additional cost.
  • Free pickup at The Bookie is typically offered in late November.

Purchasing regalia

Doctoral students and faculty members may purchase regalia from Herff Jones.

  • Allow 8 weeks lead time when ordering to purchase.

Returning all regalia rentals

  • All rentals must be returned before December 17, 2022.
  • If regalia was shipped to your home, please return it to Herff Jones in the postage-paid return packaging provided with your rental.
  • If you picked up your regalia from The Bookie, please return all pieces to the store.
  • Bachelor and Master students keep your cap and tassel. Doctorate students keep your tam and tassel.


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.) 
  • 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, The Bookie nor The Commencement Office provides honor cords.)