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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 new, customized regalia available exclusively through the FSU Bookstore and online through Herff Jones. These new 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 will host the Fall 2019 Grad Fair on September 30 and October 1, 2019 from 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. If you do not attend the Grad Fair, you may place your order online at through October 25. Please note that all orders placed after October 25 will be assessed a $10.00 late fee and must be submitted in person at the FSU Bookstore. If you have questions, contact the FSU Bookstore at (850) 644-0832.

Purchasing Regalia. If you want to purchase regalia, contact the FSU Bookstore at (850) 644-0832. Submit your order as soon as possible because it can take up to eight weeks to process custom orders.

Announcements. Graduation announcements are available as a package with your cap and gown or can be purchased separately at

Picking Up Your Cap & Gown

Cap and gown pick up will be held December 2 through 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Services Building (SSB), rooms 201 and 203. You must present your photo ID when picking up your cap and gown.

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.

Doctoral Candidate Tassel:

Students should carry UNBUTTONED hoods on the left arm. Wear your tassel on the left.

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. Please look for the Degrees of Distinction table when you pick up your name card in the Exhibit Hall at the Civic Center prior to your ceremony. 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. You may return your regalia after exiting the Civic Center following the graduation ceremony by bringing it to tables provided by the FSU Bookstore for that purpose. If you do not return your regalia at the conclusion of the ceremony, you must return it to the FSU Bookstore the week after graduation. Your diploma will be withheld until you return your rented regalia. For store hours and location visit the FSU Bookstore website at: