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Graduation - Cap and Gown

New Regalia

You must wear full academic regalia to participate in the commencement ceremony! All students are required to wear our customized regalia available exclusively through the FSU Bookstore and online through Herff Jones. These caps and gowns were created specifically for FSU; thus, you may not wear borrowed regalia or regalia purchased from alternative vendors. Our regalia is available for rental or purchase.

Ordering Regalia & Announcements

Grad Fair. The FSU Bookstore at the Main Campus will host the Fall 2023 Grad Fair on September 20 and 21, 2023 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A Herff Jones representative will be available to assist you with orders for gowns, rings, and announcements.

Online Orders. You may place your order online at until November 3. Graduates are encouraged to order their caps and gowns sooner rather than later to allow ample time for your order to be delivered. If you have questions, contact the FSU Bookstore at (850) 644-0832.

Purchasing Regalia. If you want to purchase regalia, orders can be placed with the FSU Bookstore at Submit your order as soon as possible because it can take six to eight weeks to process custom orders.

Please reach out to the bookstore at (850) 644-0832 to inquire about expediting availability and applicable fees.

Announcements. Graduation announcements are available as a package with your cap and gown or can be purchased separately at Graduation announcements are also available in Spanish. Please contact Herff Jones for assistance in purchasing these at (904) 641-4060 or speak to a representative at the FSU Bookstore.

Participating in the Ceremony

Approved Regalia. Decorated caps are not permitted! You may not participate in the ceremony with a decorated cap. Marshals will remove improper attire, signs, and insignia. Any damage to mortarboards will result in a $45.00 fee for cap replacement. Please reference this tassel color-swatch sheet that provides examples of the tassel colors traditionally associated with the various academic disciplines.

Bachelor's Candidate Tassel:

Wear the tassel on right side of the cap until degrees are conferred. Move the tassel to left when the President directs you to do so.

Master's and Specialist's Candidate Tassel:

Gowns fasten at the neck, and hoods drape down the back. Wear your tassel on the left. For instructions on how to wear your hood, please visit

Doctoral Candidate Tassel:

Gowns fasten at the neck, and hoods drape down the back. Wear your tassel on the left. For instructions on how to wear your hood, please visit

IMPORTANT: You may wear only approved cords or medallions denoting academic achievement with your regalia. No unapproved medallions, stoles, cords, leis, etc., will be permitted. If you have questions concerning your honor's status, please call the Graduation Office at (850) 644-1050.

Requesting a Refund or Returning Regalia

Requesting a Refund. If you cannot participate in the ceremony, contact the FSU Bookstore to request a refund prior to your ceremony.

Returning Rented Regalia. All rental orders will include prepaid shipping labels so you can ship your gown back to Herff Jones after your ceremony.