William & Mary

Academic Regalia

Undergraduate Regalia

Undergraduate regalia consists of a robe, a cap, a tassel and a hood with colors indicating the graduate's degree. Graduates may wear what they like underneath the robe, though we suggest pants/skirts and collared shirt/blouse. Active-duty military wear regalia at the main ceremony, but may wear a military uniform to the departmental ceremony if permitted by the department.

As of 2009, undergraduate robes are black with a green strip on the sleeve. Because of the new style, undergraduates may not borrow or purchase a robe from someone who graduated prior to 2009.

Masters Regalia

Masters regalia also consists of a robe, a cap, a tassel and a hood with colors indicating the graduate's degree. Graduates may wear what they like underneath the robe, though we suggest pants/skirts and collared shirt/blouse. Active-duty military wear regalia at the main ceremony, but may wear a military uniform to the departmental ceremony if permitted by the department.

Hood Colors:

Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .White
Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Drab (Tan)
Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gold
Education (Masters) . . . . . . . . .Light Blue
Public Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peacock Blue (color is different than Education hood)

Doctoral RegaliaDoctoral Regalia

The William & Mary doctoral regalia consist of a green open-front robe, patterned after those used at Oxford University, and a black velvet tam. Hoods are not worn with Oxford-style robes. A white shirt/blouse with black slacks/skirt should be worn under the robe.

Wearing Your Regalia

Find out when and where to wear your regalia during Commencement Weekend.