Academic Attire

Academic attire (cap and gown) is required for all graduates who plan to participate in Winter Commencement. Attire can be purchased at three Ann Arbor locations:

Please note that doctoral attire is not available at the Michiganensian.

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Graduates and Candidates

Beginning in mid-October, academic attire may be purchased at all three locations listed.

Doctoral Degree Recipients

Doctoral degree recipients who plan to attend Winter Commencement on Sunday, December 18 can rent or purchase required academic attire—including hoods as well as caps and gowns—at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Required attire is also available for purchase online through Ulrich’s.

Hoods are mandatory for all doctoral degree recipients.

Rental attire may be reserved Monday, October 2 through Saturday, December 2. The Barnes and Noble Bookstore cannot guarantee gown sizes or hood colors after December 10.

Rental attire should be returned by Wednesday, December 20.

Custom attire can be purchased any time throughout the year. Please allow four to six weeks for the delivery of custom attire orders.

Hood Color Information

The colors of the various disciplines are as follows:

Architecture and Urban Planning blue violet
Business Administration drab
Dentistry lilac
Education light blue
Engineering orange
Fine Arts brown
Information lemon
Kinesiology sage green
Law purple
Literature and Arts white
Medicine green
Music pink
Natural Resources and Environment russet
Nursing apricot
Pharmacy olive green
Philosophy dark blue
Public Health salmon pink
Public Policy peacock blue
Science golden yellow
Social Work citron

Honor Cords

Honor cords may be worn for designation of membership or achievement.  Check with your organization or department for honor cord guidelines.