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:


Address / Phone Number

Barnes and Noble @ U-M North Campus   2102 Bonisteel Boulevard
(734) 668-6022 or
Ulrich’s Bookstore 1200 South University Avenue
(734) 662-3201
*Note: Doctoral attire is not available
Michiganensian Yearbook 420 Maynard Street
(734) 418-4115 x1247
*Note: Doctoral attire is not available at the Michiganensian

Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Candidates

Academic attire may be purchased begining mid-October.

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

 Honors Cords

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

Doctoral Degree Candidates

Academic attire may be purchased or rented (including hoods, caps and gowns).
Hoods are mandatory for all doctoral degree recipients.

  • Rental attire may be reserved begininng Tuesday, October 1, 2019 through Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
    • Gown sizes and hood colors cannot be guaranteed after Friday, December 6, 2019 
  • Rental attire should be returned by Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
  • Custom attire can be purchased any time throughout the year. Please allow 6-8 weeks for the delivery of custom attire orders.
  • Doctoral students will receive a University of Michigan Ph.D. hood corresponding to your doctoral degree.