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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.
Caps, gowns and personalized graduation announcements may be purchased online through Herff Jones.
Polytechnic campus bookstore
5999 S. Backus Mall
Tuesday, March 12
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
West campus bookstore
4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306
Wednesday, March 13
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Downtown Phoenix campus:
Downtown campus bookstore
111 E. Taylor St. #160, Phoenix, AZ 85281
Thursday, March 14 & Friday, March 15
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
*Thunderbird graduate students are invited to participate in the Downtown campus Grad Fair.
ASU Online Campus and Tucson Social Work Campus
*Eligible full-time online students only
Starts: March 22 at 10 a.m. EST (7 a.m. MST)
Ends: March 24 at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. MST)
*Eligible online students will receive an email with a unique link directing them to the Online Grad Fair.
Commemorative maroon and gold tassels are also available. Caps, gowns and tassels may be purchased at the ASU Bookstore. The ASU Bookstore hosts a Grad Fair for every graduation season where you can get great discounts on your purchases. See the bookstore site for details on this event. You may also purchase a stole of gratitude at the ASU Bookstore.
For information about the history of the academic costume, visit the American Council on Education Web site.
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.
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.
If you choose to iron your graduation gown, here are a couple of quick tips:
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!
Here’s how to properly wear your graduation honor cord(s):
To wear your graduation hood, follow these tips: