Academic Attire

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:

  • Michiganensian Yearbook
    420 Maynard Street
    (734) 418-4115 x1247
    Please note that doctoral attire is not available at the Michiganensian.

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 3, 2019 can rent or *purchase required academic attire—including hoods as well as caps and gowns—at the Pierpont commons Campus Store.

Hoods are mandatory for all doctoral degree recipients.

Rental attire may be reserved Monday, March 11, 2019  through Friday, April 19, 2019. The Pierpont Commons Campus Store cannot guarantee gown sizes or hood colors after April 19. Rental attire should be returned by Friday, May 10, 2019.

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.

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