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Distance Education & Extension Students

The associated costs and procedures regarding regalia for distance education/extension students differ from those of on-campus students. Instructions are listed below regarding how to purchase your Commencement regalia.

Unlike on-campus students, distance education and extension students are not charged a Commencement student fee each semester. Therefore, if a distance/extension student wants to participate in their corresponding Commencement ceremony, they will need to purchase their regalia. For more information about student fees, visit the Student Accounts website.

Below are the regalia costs for distance education and extension students. Shipping will be $15.95.

  • Undergraduate - (Cap, gown and tassel) - $47.40
  • Master's - (Cap, gown and tassel, hood) - $89.00

Doctoral Students must contact the Bookstore to make arrangements for rental regalia. Email Craig Hewett at The cost for doctoral regalia rental will be $60.

Purchasing Regalia

Regalia Purchased from the UNCW Bookstore

Any student classified as a distance education/extension student will be asked to pay for their regalia. Distance education/extension students will have the opportunity to order their regalia online to be shipped directly to their home. The regalia ordering website will go live in early February and eligible students will receive an email to order their regalia. 

You will not receive your name card if you order your regalia. You can pick up your name card one hour prior to you ceremony in Hanover Gym when you arrive. For students requesting guest tickets for the Cameron School of Business or College of Health and Human Services ceremonies, name cards will be shipped to your home with your guest tickets.  

Hanover Gym Regalia Pick Up - Day of Commencement

The UNCW Bookstore will be set up in Hanover Gym on the day of your Commencement ceremony for the final distribution of regalia. Distance/extension students will be able to purchase their regalia and pick up their name card one hour prior to their ceremony start time.

Guest Tickets

Tickets will be required for the Cameron School of Business and the College of Health & Human Services ceremonies. Each graduate will receive 6 tickets for their family members and guests. Tickets are for guests only. Students do not need tickets.

Distance education and extension students will need to request tickets online to be shipped to their home. More information regarding ordering online will be sent via email to students in early February. Students who have guest tickets shipped to them will also receive their name card in the mail.

Additional guest tickets may be available for pick up on a first come, first served basis one hour prior to the start of their ceremony on Friday, May 8th at Will Call (Gate A1) in Trask Coliseum. 

Degree with Distinction

Undergraduates (only -- graduate students do not receive university honors) who earn a degree with distinction are eligible to purchase the official university honor cord. Distance education and extension undergraduate students who earn a minimum of a 3.50 GPA on all course work attempted, including transfer courses, will receive a degree with distinction. For Commencement purposes, distinction is determined by the earned GPA at the end of the previous semester.

(Example: For Spring Commencement, your eligibility will be based on the earned GPA at of the end of the Fall semester; for the Fall Commencement ceremony, eligibility is based on last fully completed semester - either Spring or Summer.)

There are three levels of distinction based on your overall average.

Cum Laude - overall average of 3.50
Magna Cum Laude - overall average of 3.70
Summa Cum Laude - overall average of 3.90

Final distinction will be determined once all grades are submitted for the term and will be printed on the official diploma.