Caps, Gowns & Cords

Caps, Gowns and Cords

Caps and gowns may be ordered April 1-3 at the Grad Fair Ordering Event in the Werner University Center. Students have the opportunity to get sized and pay for caps and gowns at that time.

Students who cannot attend the Grad Fair can visit the WOU Bookstore starting April 4 and find graduation regalia, diploma frames and generic announcements in the store and online. For the best selection, students should come in before May 10. After that date, there is no guarantee that all gown sizes, tassels, hoods and other regalia will be available. Any online orders placed after May 28 may require additional shipping fees and cannot be guaranteed to arrive before graduation.

Please call the Bookstore at 503-838-8300 with questions or visit their graduation regalia page.

Veterans Cords

Western Oregon University would like to recognize veterans participating in commencement with a red, white and blue cord to be worn during the ceremony.

The student must have previously served or is currently serving in one of the five branches of the armed forces: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy, or Marines, including the National Guard and Reserves. The individual must have either been discharged under honorable conditions or currently serving in the armed forces and not pending disciplinary separation under dishonorable or other than honorable conditions.

Graduates may bring a photo ID and a copy of DD Form 214 showing character of service in box number 24 as “Honorable” or a current armed forces ID card to Room 104 in the Registrar’s Office.

For questions or more information, call 503-838-8183 or visit

Other cords

There are more than two dozen organizations, honor societies, programs and organizations at WOU that bestow recognition cords or stoles to graduates. Graduates are responsible for gathering appropriate regalia from each organization before the Commencement Ceremony. A full description of each recognition piece will be listed in the Commencement Program.

WOU Official Class Rings Collection by Jostens

Graduates also may purchase official Western Oregon University class rings at the Grad Fair Ordering Event. Students can view rings, be sized and place orders at that time. Ring options also may be viewed at Jostens online store and ordered online or by phone at 800-854-7464.

Personalized Graduation Announcements by Jostens

Graduates are invited to recognize their achievement and show school pride by announcing their graduation to friends and family. Personalized announcements containing the official WOU seal will be available for order at the Grad Fair Ordering Event, or they can be ordered online or by phone at 800-854-7464.

Find tips for announcement etiquette at Jostens online announcement etiquette FAQ.




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