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Step 3: Regalia

Cap and Gown

All students participating in commencement are required to wear the official Tarleton State University cap and gown. Cap and Gowns can be ordered through the Campus Bookstore at 254-968-9007. Please note the University does not offer cords or other special regalia for university level honors. Students who are members of a recognized honors association may contact that particular association to inquire regarding offered regalia. Students may elect to wear any regalia for those associations for which they are a member so long as the association is recognized by Tarleton. Please contact your association for details.

Dress Code

All students participating in commencement are required to wear the official Tarleton State University cap and gown. Clothing in accordance with this special occasion should be worn under the cap and gown.

Cords

There are no cords for University Honors recipients, however, students may wear any cords offered by national organizations recognized by Tarleton State University of which they are member. Students must contact their individual organization for more information on cord offerings, availability, and ordering.

Stoles

Tarleton State University does have an official university stole. Students may purchase this stole when ordering/purchasing their cap and gown. However, the stole is not required and is an added expense. Students may also elect to wear any stoles offered by national organizations recognized by Tarleton State University of which they are a member. Students must contact their individual organization for more information on stole offerings, availability, and ordering.

Hooding

Tarleton no longer holds separate Hooding ceremonies. Hooding will occur on stage during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

Rings

The official ring of Tarleton State University embodies the pride and possibility that have built our heritage of excellence and achievement since 1899. It is a lasting symbol of your lifelong connection to that heritage and the people and experiences that are your Tarleton State University. For more information on the official ring of Tarleton State University or for ordering go to http://www.tarleton.edu/alumniassociation/ring.html or contact the Tarleton Alumni Association.

Bachelor's Degree Regalia

  • Bachelor’s regalia includes a cap, gown, and tassel.
  • Caps are one size fits most or XL.
  • Gowns are sized by height and weight.
  • Tassels are purple and should be worn on the right side of your cap.
  • A Stole of Gratitude may be added.  The stole is not required but it does dress up the regalia.
  • Bachelor’s regalia may be purchased at the Tarleton Campus Store located in the Thompson Student Center either in store or by phone at 254-968-9007.

Master's Degree Regalia

  • Master’s regalia includes cap, gown, tassel and hood.  
  • A Stole of Gratitude may also be added but is not required.
  • Caps are one size fits most or XL. 
  • Master gowns have different sleeves than Bachelor gowns.
  • Gowns are sized by height and weight.
  • The degree you are receiving determines your hood color.
  • Master’s regalia may be purchased at the Tarleton Campus Store located in the Thompson Student Center either in store or by phone at 254-968-9007. 

Doctoral Regalia

  • Includes tam (with gold tassel), gown and hood.
  • Each individual piece may be purchased or rented.
  • Doctoral Regalia is not stocked. It must be rented or ordered at the Tarleton Campus Store located in the Thompson Student Center either in store or by phone at 254-968-9007.
  • Doctoral regalia may be purchased each Fall and Spring during the designated sale period.
  • Doctoral regalia that is purchased is custom made to the purchaser's measurements.
  • Custom orders take 6-8 weeks to receive.
  • Rentals take up to 4 weeks to receive.

Ordering Regalia

Ordering Regalia

  • Regalia is stocked in the Tarleton Campus Store after the Grad Finale event that is held during the fall and spring semesters.  Regalia is stocked in the store beginning June 1 for August commencement. 
  • It is recommended that you purchase your regalia at least two weeks before commencement in case inventory is running low in your size.  This allows time to order what you need. 
  • Shipping Options Include:
    • FedEx Next Day $18.00
    • FedEx 2nd Day $13.50
    • FedEx Ground $7.50
    • Courier to Waco, Midlothian, Fort Worth or Weatherford campus for no additional fee.

Direct questions to the Tarleton Campus Store at 254-968-9007 

Honors Designations

University Honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude)

Scholastic recognition for outstanding baccalaureate candidates will be announced as diplomas are presented. Honor designations are: Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors), Magna Cum Laude (High Honors), and Cum Laude (Honors). There are no cords available for these honors and students names are not listed in the program. Additionally, all honors announced at commencement are tentative. Official degree honors for diplomas and transcripts will be determined after final grades are reported. Students receiving such honors will have their diploma recognition mailed to them within six to eight weeks after the ceremony. For information regarding University Honors requirements please see the "Eligibility for Honors Graduation" portion under "Academic Information" in the current catalog.

Honors College (Presidential Honors Program Graduates, Honors Program Graduates)

Presidential Honors Program Graduates and Honors Degree Program Graduates are recognized in the program and announced as diplomas are presented when students walk the stage. Please contact the program coordinator regarding any other forms of recognition. For more information please refer to the Honors College website.

National Honors Societies

Membership in honor societies and organizations is designated by the color cords draped around the graduates' necks. These cords are optional and students should contact their individual organization regarding the cords. The current list of Honors Societies, recognized by Tarleton State University, is below:

National Academic Honor Societies
Honor Society Academia/Organization Colors
Alpha Chi National Collegiate Honor Society Green and Blue
Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society Black and Gold
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Honor Society Academia/Organization Colors
Alpha Zeta Agriculture Blue and Gold
Kappa Omicron Nu Human Sciences Burgundy and Ivory
College of Business Administration
Honor Society
Academia/Organization Colors
Omicron Delta Epsilon
Economics Blue and Gold
Delta Mu Delta Business Purple and Gold
College of Education
Honor Society Academia/Organization Colors
Phi Epsilon Kappa Physical Education Black and Gold
Kappa Delta Pi Education Purple and Green
Psi Chi Psychology Blue and Gold
College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Honor Society Academia/Organization Colors
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Teal
Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Blue and Gold
Alpha Psi Omega Fine Arts Blue and Gold
Phi Alpha Social Work Blue and Gold
Phi Alpha Theta History Red and Light Blue
Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Red and Gold
Sigma Tau Delta English Red and Black
College of Science and Technology
Honor Society Academia/Organization Colors
Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Pre-Professional Purple and Red
Beta Beta Beta Biology Red and Green
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Orchid and White
Leadership and Service Organizations
Honor Society Academia/Organization Colors
Delta Epsilon Iota Leadership and Excellence in Career Development Navy and Gold
Omicron Delta Kappa Outstanding Leadership Among Students White, Black and Blue
Tarleton Veterans United States Military Veteran Red, White and Blue