Dressing for graduation
Caps, gowns & tassels
Students are required to wear caps, gowns and tassels when participating in-person in the University Commencement Ceremony as well as any college convocation ceremony and most special interest convocation events.
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 students who are participating in ceremonies that take place at Mountain America Stadium, it is highly recommended that everyone wear flat-soled shoes (avoid heels).
Caps, Gowns and Graduation Products
Caps, gowns and personalized graduation announcements may be purchased online through Herff Jones.
How to purchase your regalia
Discounts on graduation packages
The ASU Grad Fair is your one chance to receive exclusive discounts on graduation packages including your cap, gown and tassel. Discounts are offered through ASU’s official graduation regalia vendor, Herff Jones. After Grad Fair, graduation packages are full price online.
ASU Grad Fair: Upcoming dates
Starts: Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 at 8 a.m. MST
Ends: Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. MST
On the first day of Grad Fair, graduating students receive an email with a unique link to access discounted graduation packages.
For questions about Grad Fair, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-219-3247.
Buying regalia online or in person
You can purchase your graduation regalia online through Herff Jones until Nov. 13. Online purchases will be full price.
Commemorative maroon and gold tassels and announcements are also available for purchase via the Herff Jones online store. Graduation announcements will be delivered to your home address two to three weeks after your order is placed.
You can purchase graduation regalia in person at all four Sun Devil Campus Stores until Dec. 10. Check store hours. Regalia will be available for purchase in Desert Financial Arena on the day of graduation.
For information about the history of the academic costume, visit the American Council on Education Web site.
How to wear your Bachelor's 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:
- 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.
- 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):
- Once you are in your gown, first place your graduation stole around your neck, making sure the ends are at the same length.
- Place your honor cord(s) on top of your graduation stole, again making sure the cords are at the same length.
How do you wear a post-graduate hood at graduation?
To wear your graduation hood, follow these tips:
- Unfold your graduation hood with the colors facing outward and place it over your head.
- Attach the hood cord to your shirt button, or use a pin to keep the hood properly secured and positioned.
- Get some assistance to turn your colors out on the back, so they show.
- You can also carry your hood to your graduation ceremony to get some help!