Academic Attire

We are competitively priced, with sustainable gowns, and official school pantone colors on all hoods and PhD gowns
Traditional academic attire (cap and gown) is recommended for graduates who plan to attend Winter Commencement. It is not a requirement. All students who are dressed appropriately are welcome to participate in the ceremony. Attire can be purchased at these Ann Arbor locations:

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Candidates

Academic attire may be purchased begining mid-October.

NOTE:  If students would like to order regalia  rather than pick up in store please visit delivery for regalia is currently less than two weeks.


Honors Cords

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

Master’s Hood Color Information

The Colors of the various disciplines are as follows:



Architecture & 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
Environment and Sustainability       Russet
Nursing       Apricot
Pharmacy       Olive Green
Philosopy       Dark Blue
Public Health       Salmon Pink
Public Policy       Peacock Blue
Science       Golden Yellow
Social Work       Citron

Doctoral Degree Candidates

Doctoral degree recipients who plan to attend Graduate Exercises on December 19, 2021 can purchase required academic attire—including hoods as well as caps and gowns—at both the Michigan Union and Pierpont commons Bookstores. There are 2 types of PhD regalia there are  Green weaver Value PhD sets available in the store for purchase, and the option to place a *custom order. 

Hoods are mandatory for all doctoral degree recipients.

Doctoral hoods are available in PhD dark blue (can be used for all disciplines), pink (Music) and apricot (Nurse Practitioner) for 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.

The Michigan Union & Pierpont Commons Campus Bookstores cannot guarantee gown sizes or hood colors after December 8th.