Regalia and Attire

Master degree graduate from Kennesaw State University.

Academic Regalia - Caps and Gowns

Graduation is an exciting time at Kennesaw State University as student accomplishments are celebrated throughout campus, culminating with a commencement ceremony. In preparation for this significant occasion, it is essential graduates wear the appropriate graduation attire and academic regalia. Please follow the guidelines listed below.

We recommend underneath the graduation gown, graduates wear dark, professional attire and shoes to complement the black academic regalia of Kennesaw State University. Academic regalia can be purchased through Jostens.

  • Students have a deadline of 10/21 if they order their regalia to be sent to the bookstore to pick up on campus.  Beginning October 25, the bookstore will be selling the inventory they have on-hand on their website to be picked up in-store.

  • Please do not bring handbags or other personal items, as there is no way to store or secure items in the line-up rooms during the ceremony.

Undergraduate Degree

Undergraduate degree graduates should wear a black gown, black mortarboard (cap) and black tassel and gold medallion. (Note: The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortarboard (cap) prior to the degree being conferred, and on the left side after the degree is conferred.)

Graduate or Specialist Degrees

Master’s and Specialist degree graduates wear a black gown with gold piping designed with one gold embroidered KSU school seal, a hood, and black mortarboard (cap) with black tassel and gold medallion. Each hood has a separate color* based on the discipline and it is the most distinctive feature of this academic attire. Education Specialist hoods are somewhat different in that they are longer and wider than the master’s hoods.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral Degree graduates wear a gold gown featuring black velvet panels and bars accented with the gold embroidered KSU seal. The cap is a six-corner black velvet tam with two gold tassels. The Doctoral hood is the most distinctive, using black with a gold and black satin lining and accented with the designated discipline color* in velvet.

See the KSU Bookstore for information on purchasing regalia, personalized announcements and other graduation items.

*For all academic purposes, the colors associated with the different disciplines, including trimmings of doctoral gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of mortarboards (caps), are listed in the American Council on Education guidelines as follows:

  • Degree 
  • Art and Humanities
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
    Red and Gold
  • Economics      
  • Education
    Light Blue
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts, Architecture
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Nursing           
  • Philosophy
    Dark Blue
  • Physical Education
    Sage Green
  • Public Administration
    Peacock Blue
  • Public Health
    Salmon Pink
  • Science
    Gold Yellow
  • Social Work

Recognition Attire

The standard gold stole previously included in the regalia package is no longer being offered. However, if you are a member of a nationally recognized organization, please refer to the academic department or national organization for appropriate recognition attire.

Nationally Recognized KSU Registered Organizations

Membership in an honor society is independent from KSU graduation honor policy.

Students who qualified for membership in registered Student Organizations, Honor Societies or Department Discipline Honor Programs while attending KSU may wear approved regalia representing these societies/programs during the Commencement ceremonies. The only types of regalia items that may be approved are Honor cords, stoles, medallions, or pins. Students must contact the appropriate academic department or sponsoring student organization for more information on obtaining these items.

A faculty/staff representative of the academic department sponsoring the student organization must complete the Commencement Regalia Approval form. The KSU Bookstore is not responsible for ordering honors Commencement regalia. Students who are members of multiple honor societies may wear multiple pieces of regalia.

International stoles received by graduating students who earned a previous degree from their home country may be worn during Commencement.

During Commencement, student members of the organizations listed below are eligible to wear the following approved designations of their respective society/program:

  • Nationally Recognized Organizations
  • Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology
    Teal Cord
  • Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice
    Royal Blue and Yellow Cords
  • Alpha Rho Chi, Architecture
    Sanguine and Azure Cords
  • American Medical Women’s Association
    Maroon and White Cords
  • Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting
    Red Ribbon with Medallion
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, Business
    Blue and Gold Honor Cords
  • Blue Key National Honor Society, All Majors
    Blue Cords
  • Delta Phi Alpha, German
    Black, Red, and Gold Cords
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geography
    Light Blue Stole
  • Golden Key International Honor Society,All Majors
    Gold Honor Medallion with Blue and Gold Ribbons
  • Kappa Delta Pi, Mathematics Education
    Green, Purple, and Gold Cords
  • Lambda Alpha, Anthropology
    White stole
  • Lambda Pi Eta, Communication
    Red and White Cords
  • National Honor Society for Dance Arts
    Blue and White Cord; Gold Pin
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, All Majors
    Burgundy and Gold Cords
  • National Society of Leadership and Success, All Majors
    Black and Platinum Cords
  • Nu Delta Alpha, Dance
    Burgundy and Gold Cords
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, Economics
    Blue and Gold Cords
  • Omega Nu Lambda
    Blue and Silver Cords; Lapel Pin
  • Order of Omega, All Majors
    Gold and White Cords
  • Phi Alpha Alpha, Public Administration
    Teal and Gold Cords
  • Phi Alpha, Social Work
    Gold Cords with Medallion
  • Phi Alpha Theta, History
    Red and Blue Cords
  • Phi Beta Delta, International Scholars Society
    Medallion with Red and Gold Ribbon
  • Phi Eta Sigma, All Majors
    Black and Gold Cords
  • Phi Kappa Phi, All Majors
    Gold, White, and Blue Medallion with Royal-Blue Ribbon
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, Chemistry
    Blue and Pink Cords
  • Pi Delta Phi, French
    Blue, White and Red Cords
  • Pi Kappa Lambda, Music
    White and Gold Cords
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, Mathematics
    Violet, Gold, and Lavender
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science
    Red, Black, and White Cords
  • Psi Chi, Psychology
    Blue and Gold Cords
  • Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish
    Gold and Red Cords
  • Sigma Iota Rho, International Affairs
    Purple and Gold Cords
  • Sigma Lambda Chi, Construction Management
    Green and Gold Cords and Medallions
  • Sigma Tau Delta, English
    Red and Black Cords
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing
    Orchid and White Cords
  • Tau Upsilon Alpha, Human Services
    Gold Stole with Royal Blue Lettering
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Computer and Information Disciplines
    Maroon and White Cords
  • KSU Armed Forces Veteran Recognitions 
    White and Gold Stole with Red & Blue Stripes
  • Air Force
    Air Force Insignia
  • Army
    Army Insignia
  • Coast Guard
    Coast Guard Insignia
  • Marine Corps
    Marine Corps Insignia
  • Navy
    Navy Insignia
  • Other Departments
  • Center for Young Adult Addiction & Recovery*
    Purple Cord
  • Department of Athletics
    Black Stole with Gold Trim and Lettering
  • Global Medical Brigades
    Red and Silver Cords
  • Strategic Outreach & Diversity Initiatives*
    Teal and Silver Cords

*Grandfathered into Academic Regalia Guidelines.