For Winter Commencement 2023, academic attire orders must be placed by November 10 to receive discounted pricing. After November 10 you can place your order up until the day of Commencement.
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CAPS AND TASSELS
Candidates for the bachelor’s degree wear black mortarboard caps with the School of Nursing tassel color, apricot. Candidates for first degrees wear the tassel on the right side of the cap until the degree has been conferred. Candidates for graduate level degrees wear an 8-sided black tam with a black tassel on the left side.
Gowns represent the three principal levels of academic achievement. The bachelor’s gown, symbolizing the first degree, is made of black material and has a closed front and long, pointed, open sleeves. Master’s candidates wear a black gown with a closed front and long, closed sleeves. The gown worn by doctoral candidates has an open front with bell-shaped sleeves. Doctoral gowns are further embellished with velvet trim in the form of crossbars on the sleeves. In spring 2017, the gown designs were updated to include the University of Wisconsin-Madison colors and crest logo, providing both a pop of red among the traditional sea of black and an additional display of UW spirit that’s recognizable to all. Marshals wear cardinal gowns with white bars.
HONORS AND DISTINCTIVE SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT
Bachelor’s candidates graduating with honors or distinctive scholastic achievement wear stoles, which are worn over the fronts of their gowns. Bachelor’s candidates from an honors program wear white stoles with three cardinal bars. Candidates that have distinguished themselves scholastically by ranking in the top 20% of their school or college wear solid cardinal red stoles.
Deans’ offices will notify students who are selected for Distinctive Scholastic Achievement and Honors. Stoles may be obtained at the University Book Store. Candidates will receive an indication of their achievement with a symbol next to their name in the commencement program.
The hood, which has a velvet edging with the School of Nursing color, apricot, and a lining in the color or colors of the institution (cardinal at Wisconsin), hangs to the back from the neck. A cord on the hood is fastened to a button on the front of the candidate’s clothing. To avoid wearing the hood inside out, make sure that the velvet facing of the hood is visible under the chin and lies flat over the shoulders.
The bachelor’s hood is rather short with a narrow velvet edging and is worn only by candidates who previously received the baccalaureate degree. The master’s hood is considerably longer, has a wider velvet edging, and exposes more of the lining. The doctor’s hood has a still wider velvet edging, wide panels at either side, greater length, and a fully exposed lining. There is no hooding ceremony during Campus Commencement; candidates wear the hood throughout the commencement ceremony.