Cap & Gown and Announcements

Commencement regalia

All students wear the distinctive Washington University gown. The gown is green with black velvet trim and the university’s shield on both sleeves at the shoulder. For graduate students and faculty, black velvet tams replace the traditional mortarboard.

Danforth Campus

Order your regalia at the Graduation Fair, February 14 – 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Danforth Campus store. If you are unable to attend the fair, please order your regalia online by March 24. Final ordering deadline: April 14.

May 15-19, 2017

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, May 15 through Wednesday., May 17

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thurs., May 18

Rental regalia will be available for pickup in the bookstore, lower level coursebook area, Mallinckrodt Center. Students will be required to present their university photo ID to claim their orders.

The  bookstore opens early, at 7:30 a.m., on Fri., May 19.

May 19-21, 2017

Rental regalia must be returned no later than Sunday, May 21, 2017. On May 21, return regalia to the lower level of the Danforth Campus store. An additional site will be available between Simon Hall and Seigle Hall. After May 21, return regalia to the Danforth Campus store. For more information, please contact the bookstore’s general merchandise department at (314) 935-5606 or

Medical Campus

Please note, the Medical Campus bookstore is currently closed. Students are invited to the graduation fair at the Danforth Campus bookstore February 14 – 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the fair, regalia may be ordered by one of the following methods:

  • Order online by March 24
  • Visit the Danforth Campus bookstore (map)
  • Stop by the new Medical Campus bookstore at the Mid-Campus Center (map) once it opens in the spring

May 15–19, 2017

Regalia may be picked up at the Medical Campus bookstore. You must present a university photo ID in order to claim your order.

May 19–21, 2017

Rental regalia must be returned no later than Sunday, May 21. Returns can be made at the Medical Campus bookstore or following the Doctor of Medicine recognition ceremony at America’s Center.

Don’t forget: Order graduation announcements

Announce the accomplishment of graduation. Share the news with family and friends. Select from several packages.

Order Graduation Announcements 

New! Graduation portraits now available

Stop by the Danforth Campus store during the graduation fair, February 14 – 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to have your photo taken in official Washington University regalia. Lifetouch will take your portrait.

This will not be the only opportunity to have your photo taken. A professional photographer will also take photos of each graduate at individual school recognition ceremonies.