How do I wear the academic regalia?

Commencement books on each commencement participants chair.

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 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.

Regalia Colors

Master's Degree Hood Color
MA White
MS Gold
MBA Sapphire Blue
MFA Brown
MPA Citron
MPH Salmon
MSW Citron
MUP Citron
MLIS Lemon

Baccalaureate Tassels

College Tassel Color
Applied Sciences and the Arts Olive Green Olive Green
Business Sapphire Blue Sapphire Blue
Education Light Blue Light Blue
Engineering Orange Orange
Humanities and the Arts White White
Sciences Gold Gold
Social Sciences Cream Cream

All master's and credential tassels are black.



Where can academic regalia and announcements be purchased and how much do they cost?

Commencement books on each commencement participants chair.

Your Spartan Bookstore invites you to Grad Fest from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. April 4-7 in the bookstore. Purchase and pick up your cap and gown. Have your grad photos taken during a free photo session. Become a proud SJSU Alumni Association member and receive an exclusive proud alumni bag. College rings, graduation announcements, leis, diploma frames and all your graduation needs will be available for purchase!

If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, you may visit the bookstore anytime during open hours to purchase cap, gown and graduation products while supplies last. Please note that SJSU stoles and department hoods, such as Engineering hoods, may sell out before Commencement. To ensure availability, please purchase your regalia no later than Friday, May 6. See or our Facebook page for store hours.

If you are unable to come to campus to purchase regalia, you may order it online at Herff Jones March 1-April 15. *Note: Shipping charges are associated with an online order. If you come to the bookstore, you may pick it up on the spot.

Grad Packages

(membership is not included in online orders)

Bachelor Set (cap, gown, tassel and Alumni Association Membership)

Master Set (cap, gown, tassel, hood and Alumni Association Membership)

You may also purchase individual items at the Spartan Bookstore.

To purchase your regalia, you must know:

  1. what degree you will receive (bachelor's or master's);
  2. the name of the department and the college for your major field of study;
  3. your height, to properly size your gown.

Congratulations Class of 2016!