How are bachelor's and master's gowns different?

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You might think that all black graduation gowns are the same. But there are subtle differences that can help you tell a bachelor's gown from a master's gown.

  • Bachelor's gowns have the University seal printed on the left chest.
  • Master's gowns do not have the seal and have a long "tail" on each sleeve.

Bachelor’s gown with seal of the University of Washington.

Master’s gown with long square-tailed sleeve and no seal.

All graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony are expected to purchase and wear the University of Washington cap and gown.