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 will host a Grad Fest. During this time, you may purchase regalia, take your grad photo, and view or order graduation related products such as announcements, diploma frames and class rings. Also, there are discounts on many graduation items exclusive to Grad Fest. After these dates, you may come in at any time to purchase cap and gown. See Spartan Bookstore website or our Facebook page for store hours. Announcements and rings may be ordered at Grad Fest or online at Herff Jones. The bookstore will continue to sell all graduation gear through Commencement. Regalia is available on a first come first serve basis.

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

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

Master Set (cap, gown, tassel, hood and Alumni 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.