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Regalia is the ceremonial attire you will wear during the Commencement ceremony. Find all the details about ordering your Regalia in person or online here. Once Commencement is over, your regalia is yours to keep!

UWA Grad Fair

The Grad Fair, hosted by the UWA Bookstore, is an event where you can order your Regalia. Once you've submitted your Application for Degree, the Grad Fair dates are sent your way in your mailed Commencement letter as well as via email. 

Ordering Your Regalia

You must order your regalia by the assigned deadline to ensure you receive it in time for the Commencement ceremony. These deadlines can be found in your commencement communication via email and mail.

Commencement Attire

Commencement is a formal event with a formal dress code. Graduates should wear dark shoes and clothes that harmonize with academic regalia.  Women should wear appropriate dresses and/or pantsuits, and men should wear dark slacks, dark ties, and dark shoes and socks. Jewelry that “dangles” or “jangles” should be avoided. Please wear flat shoes or wedges. The mortarboard should be worn parallel to the floor with the tassel on the left side. Check the regalia for proper fit and allow the gown to hang to remove wrinkles. The decoration of Caps is not allowed for the ceremony. Students will be asked to remove decorated caps.

Honor Cords and Stoles

Only academic honor stoles, hoods, cords, and medallions approved by the Commencement Committee (see list below) may be worn during the Commencement ceremonies.

Alpha Chi

Blue Key

Kappa Delta Pi

Omicron Delta Kappa


Alpha Epsilon Delta

Cardinal Key

Kappa Mu Epsilon

Phi Kappa Phi

Sigma Beta Delta

Alpha Psi Omega

Chi Alpha Sigma

Lambda Pi Eta

Phi Alpha Theta

Sigma Tau Delta

Alpha Upsilon Alpha

Delta Mu Delta

Lambda Sigma

Pro-Certified Scholars

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Beta Beta Beta

Iota Tau Alpha

Order of Omega

Psi Chi

UWA Scholar Athlete

*The wearing of stoles from fraternities and sororities is prohibited as student cross stage to accept their diplomas. These stoles may be worn for ZAP photos following commencement.

Honors at Graduation (as quoted from the undergraduate catalogue)

“At graduation special recognition is given to baccalaureate candidates who have quality-point ratios of 3.50 or higher as determined by dividing the number of quality points earned by the number of semester hours attempted. These students are graduated with ‘honors,’ according to the following scale:

Summa cum laude – a quality point ratio of 3.90 or higher

Magna cum laude – a quality point ratio of 3.75, but less than 3.90

Cum laude – a quality point ratio of 3.50, but less than 3.75

A transfer student may be graduated “with honors” only if he/she has two semesters of work in residence at UWA and has at least a

3.50 average (1) in all work taken in residence at UWA and (2) in the combination of work taken here and that accepted from other institutions. If these two computations place the student in two different levels of honors, as outlined above, he/she will be graduated according to the lower of the two.

Bringing Your Belongings

Limit items you plan to carry during the ceremony: You will need to lock valuables in your vehicle or ask a guest to carry bulky items as there is no available storage space and bags or purses are not flattering in your regalia. Make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to wear for walking across campus. Have extra bobby pins and safety pins on hand for attaching mortarboard and tassel as well as securing regalia hoods.


Graduates or Guests requiring ADA Accommodations or Assistance for the ceremony or other events should email, to make arrangements.