How do I wear the academic regalia?
To the baccalaureate candidate, perhaps the most important element of academic regalia is the smallest -- the tassel. Traditionally, it is worn on the right side of the mortar board until the president during the ceremony officially and formally confers upon the recipients the degree. The tassel is then moved from the right side to the left side of the mortar board. This act symbolizes the recipient's new and well-earned status.
Master's and credential degree candidates wear the black tassel on the left side of the mortar board. Master's candidates carry their hoods on their right arms during the processional.
All degree candidates or credential recipients participating in the ceremony must wear academic regalia. Corsages or other adornments should not be worn on the regalia, nor should regalia be altered or modified in any way. The Honors Medallions are authorized to be worn as part of the regalia. Appropriate clothing should be worn beneath the regalia. Those who are not dressed properly will be asked to leave the assembly area and will not be allowed to participate.
Where can academic regalia and announcements be purchased and how much do they cost?
The Spartan Bookstore Graduation Center opens April 9. Purchase your bachelor's regalia (cap, gown, tassel) for $45.98 and master's regalia (cap, gown, hood & tassel) for $80.96; to ensure stock availability, please purchase before April 30 (call 408-924-1828).
To be sure you get the proper color and size, you should make your purchase as early as possible. To purchase your regalia, you must know:
- what degree you will receive (bachelor's or master's);
- the name of the department and the college for your major field of study;
- your height, to properly size your gown.
In addition, graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames and other keepsakes of your accomplishments will be available in the Graduation Center.
|Master's Degree Hoods|
All master's and credential tassels are black.
|Applied Sciences & the Arts||Olive Green|
|Humanities & the Arts||White|