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Regalia and Honors Cords

When and where do I purchase my gown, cap, tassel, and hood?

Undergraduates wear purple robes.  Master’s Candidates are required to purchase a Master’s Hood in addition to the Master's black cap and gown.  You may purchase your cap, gown and mortarboard & tassel from the WCU Bookstore.  For best selection, please purchase your regalia early in your graduating semester.

Can I wear cords, stoles, pins and other graduation regalia to commencement?

Cords, stoles, pins and other graduation regalia indicating membership or participation in a recognized student organization or honor society and which is distributed to you by an approved student organization or honor society sponsor may be worn at commencement.  It is your responsibility to procure the regalia in advance and bring it with you to commencement.  This type of regalia is not distributed on commencement day or at the commencement ceremony.

How do I know if I am walking with Latin honors?

Official final grades for the graduating semester are not available until after commencement.  Walking with Latin honors is calculated based on your previous semester cumulative GPA.  Students who graduate with Latin honors will receive a gold cord to wear during the commencement ceremony.  Latin honors GPA determinations are as follows:
Cum Laude – 3.5 – 3.69
Magna Cum Laude – 3.7 – 3.89
Summa Cum Laude – 3.9 – 4.0

Graduate students are not eligible for Latin honors.

Where do I get Latin Honors Cords?

You will receive an e-mail with instructions for picking up your Latin honors cords.  Please pay special attention to any e-mails from

What if I am in the Honors College?


Students graduating from the Honors College are seated together within their college during commencement.  

Students in the Honors College who complete the Honors College Degree requirements should display their Honors College Medallion during commencement.

Where will I get my Honors College Medallion?

The Honors College medallion is distributed by the Honors College at a medallion ceremony held at the end of the semester.  Students who will not attend the medallion ceremony should contact the Honors College to arrange receipt in advance of commencement.  Medallions are not distributed on commencement day. 

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