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Warrior Graduate Celebration

Congratulations, graduates! The Warrior Hub, Career Services, Alumni Relations and the WSU Bookstore are proud to co-host the NEW Warrior Graduate Celebration for all graduating students.

This new event will have FREE food, entertainment, and giveaways, along with chances for networking and educational mini-sessions.

Warrior Graduate Celebration is an event held on both the Winona and Rochester campuses for graduating students to purchase graduation regalia (cap, gown and tassel), merchandise, pick up their honor cords, and have graduation announcements printed while they wait.

The best part is, you will receive 20% off clothing and gifts, diploma frames, the 3-piece Bachelor set, and the 4-piece Master's set!

When and Where

The Fall Warrior Graduate Celebration is held in November (Winona Campus), and the Spring Warrior Graduate Celebration is in April (Rochester and Winona).

Thursday, April 11, 2019
2:30 - 7:30pm
East Hall, Kryzsko Commons

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Noon - 6pm
WSU-Rochester, HS 131 (RCTC Campus)

Can't make it to the event? Take advantage of the discounts online by ordering your items on April 11 at the WSU Bookstore. (The WSU Bookstore will manually adjust your online order to reflect the appropriate sale prices if you have purchased the qualifying materials. Graduation materials may not be charged to your student account.)

Questions about graduation regalia and discounts should be directed to the WSU Bookstore at 507.457.5319.

Class Ring

Jostens will have a ring display available at Grad Finale in Winona. They will have special sale prices on ring packages for the events.

Cap and Gown

All WSU graduates attending the commencement ceremony must wear the proper regalia. All regalia are black or purple and the design is different depending on the level of degree you are earning. When purchasing your regalia through the WSU Bookstore, please indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.

Undergraduate: black cap and black gown.

Graduate - Master's*: black cap, black gown, and hood (hood color specific to discipline).

Graduate - Doctorate*: black cap, black or purple gown trimmed with black velvet, and hood (hood color specific to discipline).

*To ensure appropriate regalia is available, commencement participation must be declared at least 12 weeks prior to the ceremony.


Undergraduate students will purchase:

  • Associate of Arts - Blue
  • Bachelor of Arts - White
  • Bachelor of Science - Gold
  • Bachelor of Music - Pink
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Citron

Students earning dual degrees will purchase the tassel of the degree declared as primary. If you are not sure what degree you are earning, please reference our degree clarification sheet.

Graduate students will purchase:

Black (Doctor of Nursing Practice, Education Specialist, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Professional Science Masters)

Honor Cords

Undergraduate students earning academic honors are calculated with the GPA at the end of the Spring/Summer semester for Fall graduates, and from Fall for Spring and Summer graduates. Please visit the Catalog to review the honors policy. Honor Cords are worn pinned to the gown over the left shoulder.

Cum Laude (purple cords): Overall GPA between 3.600 and 3.749
Magna Cum Laude (silver cords): Overall GPA between 3.750 and 3.899
Summa Cum Laude (gold cords): Overall GPA between 3.900 and 4.000

Students who are unable to attend the Warrior Graduate Celebration can pick up their honor cords at the Warrior Hub (with a photo ID). If you are unable to stop by the Warrior Hub, please let us know by emailing with your name, Warrior ID and major you are graduating with, and we will make sure your cords are at Graduation Rehearsal.

Graduate students do not graduate with honors, but they may wear honor cords if they are a member of an Honor Society organization. These cords are to be worn pinned to the gown over the left shoulder.