At this time, we have made no decision to cancel graduation ceremonies. Please know that we will be continuously assessing the circumstances arising from the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and will make a determination later based upon those circumstances. We will keep everyone informed as decisions are made.

Keep checking the ASU COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Clear Bag Policy
Ceremonies held in Gammage Auditorium and Desert Financial Arena (Formerly Wells Fargo Arena) have adopted the Clear Bag Policy

Dressing for Graduation

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How to dress for graduation

Caps, gowns & tassels

Students are required to wear caps, gowns and tassels when participating in the University Commencement Ceremony as well as any college convocation ceremony and most special interest convocation events. PLEASE NOTE: The Stole of Gratitude is an additional amenity to the official cap and gown. It is NOT a required part of the academic regalia.

Graduation Products

Caps, gowns and personalized graduation announcements may be purchased online through Herff Jones.

You can purchase your regalia online through our official regalia vendor, Herff Jones before April 12. After April 12, graduation regalia can only be purchased at the Sun Devil campus bookstores.

Grad Fair Spring 2020

Dear graduating Sun Devil,
Out of concern for the health and safety of our students, we are canceling the on-campus Grad Fairs and transitioning to an online Grad Fair. Grad Fair is the only time graduation packages will be discounted.

The online Grad Fair will run from Monday, March 23 10:00 am EST to Friday, March 27 10:00 pm EST.

Keep an eye on your inbox on Monday, March 23 for the unique URL you will need to be able to access your discounted graduation packages.

You can purchase your graduation package online before April 12. Please note, after the online Grad Fair, graduation packages will be full price. After Grad Fair, all four Sun Devil Campus Stores will have graduation products available for purchase until graduation.

For questions about Grad Fair, email general graduation questions, please visit:

Commemorative maroon and gold tassels are also available. Caps, gowns and tassels may be purchased at the ASU Bookstore after the Grad Fair. All items can be purchased via the Heff Jones Online storePLEASE NOTE: The Stole of Gratitude is an additional amenity to the official cap and gown. It is NOT a required part of the academic regalia. 

For information about the history of the academic costume, visit the American Council on Education Web site.

How to wear your cap and gown

How to wear your master's cap and gown


How to wear your doctorate cap and gown

What do you wear under your cap and gown?

What you wear under your cap and gown is about comfort and style! Think business-casual dress, and remember: your shirt collar or dress top will show. Wear comfortable shoes suited for the surface — a football field? Stairs to climb or descend? Check to see what the temperature will be during the ceremony and make sure you are prepared. Most importantly, wear something that won’t distract from the formality of the ceremony and is the right fit for post-ceremony dinner or an outing with family and friends.

How do you wear a mortarboard?

Wear your mortarboard like the academic pro you are. Place the cap on your head so the point is in the front, about 1 inch above the eyebrows. Your mortarboard should be worn level on your head, and the tassel should be placed on the right side.

How do you iron a graduation gown?

If you choose to iron your graduation gown, here are a couple of quick tips:

  1. Turn the gown inside out and use the “Warm” setting on your iron. If you are ironing your stole, iron it face down, not directly on the stitching on the front.
  2. Move the iron continuously; don’t stay too long in one spot! Hang the gown to keep it wrinkle-free. You can use a steamer on your graduation stole, too!

What side do you wear your graduation cap tassel?

Wear your graduation tassel on the right side of your mortarboard. When you have received your diploma, you will be told to flip your tassel to the left side!

How do you wear honor cords at graduation?

Here’s how to properly wear your graduation honor cord(s):

  1. Once you are in your gown, first place your graduation stole around your neck, making sure the ends are at the same length.
  2. Place your honor cord(s) on top of your graduation stole, again making sure the cords are at the same length.

How do your wear a post-graduate hood at graduation?

To wear your graduation hood, follow these tips:

  1. Unfold your graduation hood with the colors facing outward and place over your head.
  2. Attach the hood cord to your shirt button, or use a pin to keep the hood properly secured and positioned.
  3. Get some assistance to turn your colors out on the back, so they show.
  4. You can also carry your hood to your graduation ceremony to get some help!