Academic Attire

NOTE:  If students would like to order regalia as a memento or for photos please visit delivery for regalia is currently less than two weeks.

Academic attire (cap and gown) is required for all graduates who plan to participate in Spring Commencement and/or Rackham Graduate Exercises (RGE). Attire can be purchased at these Ann Arbor locations:

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Graduates and Candidates

Beginning in mid-March, academic attire may be purchased at all locations listed. Please refer to the Academic Color Information grid below to find your appropriate hood velvet color.

Doctoral Degree Recipients

Doctoral degree recipients who plan to attend Rackham Graduate Exercises on Friday, May 1, 2020 can rent or *purchase required academic attire—including hoods as well as caps and gowns—at both the Michigan Union and Pierpont commons Bookstores.

Hoods are mandatory for all doctoral degree recipients.

Rental attire may be reserved Monday, March 9, 2020  through Friday, April 17, 2020. The Michigan Union & Pierpont Commons Campus Bookstores cannot guarantee gown sizes or hood colors after April 17. Rental attire should be returned by Friday, May 8, 2020.

Doctoral hoods are available in PhD dark blue (can be used for all disciplines), pink (Music), purple (Law), and apricot (Nurse Practitioner) for rent or purchase.  All other colors must be custom-ordered.

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

Master’s 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

Mingled colors distinguish combined curriculums.

Honor Cords

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

How To Wear Attire

How to wear your Bachelors cap and gown
How to wear your Masters cap and gown

How to wear your Doctoral cap and gown