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Academic Regalia FAQ's

When you submit the Commencement Attendance Form, you will provide information we need to order academic regalia (cap and gown) individually for you. The University provides academic regalia only to graduates who attend the Commencement ceremony.

Associate degree graduates will receive a burgundy gown, burgundy mortarboard cap and tassel with a 2019 charm.

Bachelor degree graduates will receive a black bachelor’s gown, black mortarboard cap and tassel with a 2019 charm.

Master degree graduates will receive a black master’s gown, an academic hood with colors that reflect the specific master’s degree they have earned, a black mortarboard cap and tassel with a 2019 charm.

Doctorate degree graduates will receive a black doctoral gown, an academic hood with colors that reflect the specific doctoral degree they have earned, a black doctoral tam (cap) and a gold tassel with a 2019 charm.

You may not wear anything not provided by the University or a TESU recognized honor society on top of your academic regalia.

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You must attend Commencement to receive a cap and gown.
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Caps and gowns will be shipped to the graduates approximately two weeks before Commencement via UPS. Our tentative packaging week is Sept. 1-6 and mailing week is Sept. 9-13.

Graduates who RSVP after September 13, those with foreign address or PO Boxes will not be mailed their cap and gown. They can pick it up at Commencement between 11:30am and 1pm.

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Yes - you can pick up your gown at 167 W. Hanover Street. You must arrange before Sept. 1 for pick-up by sending email to commencement@tesu.edu. Do not come to pick up until you receive an email confirmation with the arranged pick-up date and time.
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Commencement FAQs, tickets and honor cords (if recipient of honor cord).
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If you earned an honor or award when you graduated, you were notified at the time of your graduation. An honor cord for the specific honor or award will be included in your cap and gown package or will be sent directly to you by the honor society when you join.

Questions about the Arnold Fletcher and Alpha Sigma Lambda honors should be directed to the Office of the Registrar at registrar@tesu.edu. All other honors, awards and honor society eligibility are determined by the schools and questions should be directed to the school for your degree.

We do not award Latin Honor designations (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude).

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The Office of Military and Veteran Education will provide military and veteran stoles to eligible graduates when you arrive for the Commencement ceremony. The University provides military and veteran stoles only to graduates who attend the Commencement ceremony.
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The University provides Commencement medallions only to graduates who attend the Commencement ceremony. The medallion is given to graduates from the University President as they cross the stage.
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We will have extra caps and gowns at the arena. Please stop by the ‘Cap and Gown Area’ (follow the signs) and someone will assist you.
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No - the caps are one size fits all.
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Yes - as long as it is decorated in a respectful manner. Decorations must stay within the top square of the cap and not extend beyond this in size.
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No - you may keep your cap and gown.
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