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Purchase information: caps, gowns, hoods, honor cords and more! 

CAPS/GOWNS/HOODS/TASSELS/SASHES

Caps and gowns (and hoods, for master's degree students) must be worn by all participating students. It is suggested that you wear dark shoes and other articles of visible apparel that will harmonize with the academic gown. Flowers and decorative jewelry may not be worn on the gown. According to the Student Senate Graduation Regalia Policy (SA1617-022) graduates may wear regalia representing their student involvement during their academic career at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Baccalaureate Degree candidates

Undergraduate cap, gown and tassel are maroon and available at the University Bookstore. They do not need to be pre-ordered. If you have any questions, call the University Bookstore at 608.785.8855.

Tassels & cords

One tassel is provided with your cap and gown. Additional tassels can be purchased.

Honor and Highest Honor cords are purchased through the University Bookstore. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to wear the honor cord (silver) or at least 3.75 to wear the highest honor cord (gold). Only resident credits are used in the GPA calculation. Graduate degree candidates and associate degree candidates do not wear honor cords. If you have a question about honors status, please contact the Records Office at 608.785.8952.

Sashes

Sashes for students who studied abroad, representing the country where you studied, are available from the Office of International Education, 1209 Centennial Hall. Sashes have been included in the program fee of select UW-La Crosse programs; all other students must order and pay for a sash. Check early with the Office of International Education on your sash status.

Graduate Degree candidates

Graduate cap, gown and tassel are black. Hood color is determined by your specific degree or discipline. All graduation regalia are available at the University Bookstore. If you have any questions, call the University Bookstore at 608.785.8855.

UNIVERSITY HONORS/HONOR CORDS

There are two types of university honors: commencement and graduation.

Commencement honors

Commencement honors determine which students may wear an honor cord (foragers) during commencement exercises. Commencement honors are noted beside students' names in commencement programs. Calculations for commencement honors and highest honors are based on grade point averages earned at the end of the last term in residence prior to the term of graduation. To be eligible, you must have earned no fewer than 45 semester credits in residence at UWL prior to the beginning date of the term in which you intend to graduate. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to wear the honor cord (silver) or at least 3.75 to wear the highest honor cord (gold). Only resident credits are used in the GPA calculation. Commencement honors are calculated for baccalaureate and associate degree candidates only. Graduate degree candidates and associate degree candidates do not wear honor cords. Honor cords are available for purchase at the University Bookstore. If you have a question about honors status, please contact the Records Office at 608.785.8952.

Graduation honors

Graduation honors are posted on permanent academic records if students have earned no fewer than 60 semester credits in residence at UWL. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 for graduation with honors or at least 3.75 for graduation with highest honors at the end of your last term in residence. Only resident credits are used in the GPA calculation. Graduation honors are calculated for baccalaureate and associate degree candidates only. Graduate degree candidates and associate degree candidates are not eligible.