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Academic Regalia FAQ's

Please accept our sincere congratulations for earning your degree.

The University will be covering the cost of the cap and gown for those graduates attending the ceremony. TESU has partnered with Herff Jones so your regalia can be shipped directly to you. In addition to ordering your cap and gown, you can purchase announcements, rings and diploma frames. If you have confirmed you are attending and opt for one of the product packages, the cost of your cap and gown has already been removed.

The last day to order your Cap and Gown products online is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Honor cords and stoles will be distributed to eligible graduates at the Cure Insurance Arena the morning of the Ceremony. Additional information will be provided as the date approaches.

The deadline to have your regalia shipped to your home was August 31. Shipping after that date would not guarantee arrival in time for the ceremony. In these cases, the University will order the regalia for you, but we will need to gather your information to do so. If you have not yet ordered your regalia as an attendee, email commencement@tesu.edu.

You will pick up your cap and gown on the day of Commencement at the arena. Honor cords and stoles will also be distributed to eligible graduates at the CURE Insurance Arena the day of the ceremony. Additional information will be provided by email and on the website in the days leading up to the ceremony.

Associate degree graduates will receive a burgundy gown, burgundy mortarboard cap and tassel with a 2020 or 2021 charm.

Bachelor degree graduates will receive a black bachelor’s gown, black mortarboard cap and tassel with a 2020 or 2021 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 2020 or 2021 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 2020 or 2021 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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Yes, absolutely! The University has partnered with Herff Jones so your regalia can be shipped directly to you. In addition to ordering your cap and gown, you can purchase announcements, rings and diploma frames. You may order online at the herff.ly/tesu.

If you are not able to travel to the Trenton, N.J., area for Commencement, you can still join the celebration by sharing your pictures on our social networks and viewing the online streaming of the Commencement Ceremony. Stay tuned for the link closer to the event.

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The deadline to have your regalia shipped to your home was August 31. Shipping after that date would not guarantee arrival in time for the ceremony. In these cases, the University will order the regalia for you, but we will need to gather your information to do so. Email commencement@tesu.edu if you have not yet ordered your regalia.

If ordered after August 31, you will pick up your cap and gown at the CURE Insurance Arena the day of the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony but would still like to purchase a cap and gown, you may email your information to Chris Urban at curban@herffjones.com.

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The deadline to have your regalia shipped to your home was August 31. Shipping after that date would not guarantee arrival in time for the ceremony. In these cases, the University will order the regalia for you, but we will need to gather your information to do so. Email commencement@tesu.edu if you have not yet ordered your regalia.

If ordered after August 31, you will pick up your cap and gown at the CURE Insurance Arena the day of the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony but would still like to purchase a cap and gown, you may email your information to Chris Urban at curban@herffjones.com.

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The deadline to have your regalia shipped to your home was August 31. Shipping after that date would not guarantee arrival in time for the ceremony. In these cases, the University will order the regalia for you, but we will need to gather your information to do so. Email commencement@tesu.edu if you have not yet ordered your regalia.

If ordered after August 31, you will pick up your cap and gown at the CURE Insurance Arena the day of the ceremony.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony but would still like to purchase a cap and gown, you may email your information to Chris Urban at curban@herffjones.com.

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If you earned an honor or award, you were notified at the time of your graduation. An honor cord for the specific honor or award will be available for pickup on the day of Commencement 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 University provides Commencement medallions only to graduates who attend the Commencement ceremony. The medallion is given to graduates by 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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Watch a quick video and explanation of how to wear your cap and gown so you look your best as you cross the stage!

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There are three principal features of academic dress: the gown, the cap and the hood. Their design and heraldry were, from as early as the eleventh and twelfth centuries in the great European universities, the outward sign of the bringing together of students and privileged persons under the same discipline.

To preserve their dignity and meaning, it early became necessary for these universities to set rules for academic dress. American universities agreed on a system in 1895 and set up a suitable code of academic dress for the colleges and universities of the United States. In 1932, and again in 1959, the American Council on Education revised the code that, for the most part, governs the style of academic dress today.

THE GOWN. The flowing gown comes from the twelfth century. Many think it was worn in olden times as protection against the cold of unheated buildings. It has become symbolic of the democracy of scholarship, for it completely covers any dress of rank or social standing. At Thomas Edison State University, the associate degree gown is burgundy. The gown is black for all degrees above the associate, with pointed sleeves for the bachelor’s degree; oblong sleeves for the master’s degree; and bell-shaped sleeves for the doctor’s degree. For the bachelor’s and master’s degree, the gown has no trimmings. For the doctor’s degree, it is faced down the front with velvet and has three bars of velvet across the sleeves in the color distinctive of the faculty or discipline to which the degree pertains.

THE CAP. When Roman law freed a slave, he won the privilege of wearing a cap. Thus, the academic cap is a sign of freedom of scholarship and the responsibility and dignity with which scholarship endows the wearer. Old poetry records the cap of scholarship as square to symbolize the book, although some authorities claim that the mortar board is the symbol of the masons, a privileged guild. The color of the tassel on the cap is black or burgundy. The associate cap is burgundy. Caps for master’s and doctor’s degrees are often black, but may appear in other colors, as well, depending on the rest of the regalia.

THE HOOD. Almost all of the students and faculty in the medieval universities were clerics (minor church ecclesiastics) and were tonsured (i.e., had shaved heads), and the hood served to cover the shaved head from the cold of unheated buildings. Eventually, the hood was superseded by the skull cap and evolved into a headdress more or less like those in use today. Heraldically, the hood is an inverted shield with one or more chevrons of a secondary color on the ground of the primary color of the college. The color of the facing of the hood denotes the discipline represented by the degree; the color of the lining of the hood designates the college or university from which the degree was granted.

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No - you may keep your cap and gown.
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The Graduation Audit Fee covers the administrative costs associated with graduation processing and permanent maintenance of your academic record. It is unrelated to the Commencement ceremony and does not cover the cost of your academic regalia.

Please refer to Graduation vs. Commencement for more information.

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If you are not able to travel to the Trenton, N.J., area for Commencement, you can still join the celebration by sharing your pictures on our social networks and viewing the online streaming of the Commencement Ceremony. Stay tuned for the link closer to the event.

The University has partnered with Herff Jones so your regalia can be shipped directly to you. In addition to ordering your cap and gown, you can purchase announcements, rings and diploma frames. You may order online at the herff.ly/tesu.

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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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