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Academic Regalia FAQ's

Please accept our sincere congratulations for earning your degree.

In light of the cancellation of TESU’s customary fall Commencement ceremony due to state and local COVID-19 guidelines, we surveyed this year’s graduates about alternative ways that we can provide a Commencement experience. We will use the results to guide our decisions about alternatives.

A number of those responding to the survey have asked us the following questions that we are happy to address:

The Graduation Fee covers the administrative costs associated with graduation processing and permanent maintenance of your academic record. It does not cover the cost of your academic regalia.

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Regalia that closely matches TESU’s undergraduate cap and gowns – burgundy for associate-degree recipients and black for master’s and bachelor’s degree recipients – can be acquired from many vendors online for less than $20. In the past, graduates who could not travel to the Trenton, N.J., area for Commencement have pursued this option.

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TESU only distributes academic regalia to those who physically attend our Commencement ceremony in Trenton. As such, we will not be able to provide academic regalia to graduates in the absence of the September ceremony.

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We are happy to mail you a TESU tassel at no charge. Please email commencement@tesu.edu requesting one. Upon request, we will mail the tassels to graduates.

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The cancellation of our fall 2020 in-person Commencement ceremony has been as disappointing for TESU’s staff as it has for our graduates. However, the exhilaration of a formal, in-person celebration must be weighed against the health risks associated with large group gatherings in the coming months. The University will continue to closely gauge state guidance concerning in-person events and social gatherings and will keep you posted by email and through our website on COVID-19 protocols we continue to follow. Visit our Commencement page for more information. 

We congratulate you again for this significant achievement and look forward to celebrating it together.

Toni M. Terry, BA

"I am 67 years old, soon to be 68, and to be able to say I did this at this day in my life is just gratification for my own self."

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