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There are special commencement garments that signify your achievement as an Honors College graduate. If you are participating in the June 2018 commencement and you pre-ordered your regalia, you will be able to pick up and pay for your order at the OSU Graduation Fair. You can come directly to the Honors Table and see Bailey, the HC Advising Office Coordinator, April 16 & 17 from 10am- 4pm. Students unable to attend the OSU Graduation Fair will be able to pick up and pay for their Honors regalia order at the OSU Beaver Store anytime after April 16, 2018.
The Honors College Regalia Package includes:
Bachelors Gown $55.00
Honors College Stole $34.00
Honors College Tam (cap) $46.25 **(eligible for $31.25 partial refund)
$109.00 (with partial refund)
**Tams can be bought and kept or returned to the bookstore as a rental. In order to receive a partial refund the tam must be returned by June 23, 2018 to the Customer Service Desk of the OSU Beaver Store. Your OSU Beaver Store receipt is required for refund.
The blue cord, "research cord", can now be picked up after you have completed your thesis submission for $15. All HC graduates are eligile for this cord.
If you did not pre-order, it is not too late to order your regalia. You can purchase your regalia at the OSU Graduation Fair or OSU Beaver Store anytime after April 16th, 2018.
Can I use my [sister's, brother's, friend's, etc.] old gown?
Yes and No. You may use a previously used black Josten's gown; HOWEVER, be sure that if you plan on using the gown from previous years that you bring it with you the day of the graduation fair, as any gown not purchased from OSU this year needs to be approved by the registrar. It is uncommon for a gown in good condition used at a recent OSU graduation to be rejected, but its best to be safe. If your gown is not approved and the managing staff at commencement feel that your regalia is incorrect they can pull you from the commencement for incorrect wardrobe. It’s not something that happens normally, but I have seen the registrar rejected one or two gowns at the graduation fair over the years - usually when the reused gown is very faded or incorrect degree (masters vs undergrad).
Can I rent my regalia?
You cannot rent undergraduate regalia. The tam is the only portion of regalia that has the option to be returned for a partial refund. Tams can be bought and kept or returned to the bookstore as a rental. In order to receive a rental refund the tam must be returned by June 22, 2018 to the Customer Service Desk of the OSU Beaver Store. OSU Beaver Store receipt is required for refund.
Why am I not wearing and orange and black tassel?
You won't be wearing an orange and black tassel at graduation. Each college has a specific color tassel to represent their college and Honors students will walk at the front of each college. You don't need to know your college's color, you just need to know what college you will be walking with. The classic orange and black tassel with 2018 are souvenir tassels. You can purchase them at anytime between the graduation fair and commencement from the bookstore. You don't need them for graduation, they are simply souvenirs.
You do not have to order the tam; however, the tam is a major signifier of your achievement and Honors College regalia. If you don't plan on returning the tam, you can decorate it as well.
Honor cords are not unique to the HC, rather the cords signify academic distinction to any OSU student who have met a set criteria and GPA requirement. Graduates with academic distinction are entitled to wear an honor cord over their gown. Students must have at least 90 credits or 60 upper division credits at OSU, with a 3.5 or better GPA.
GPAs of 3.50 to 3.69 are Cum Laude and wear orange cords.
GPAs of 3.70 to 3.84 are Magna Cum Laude and wear gold cords.
GPAs of 3.85 and above are Summa Cum Laude and wear white cords.
You can pick up your honor cord at the Grad Fair or buy your honor cord at the OSU Bookstore.
A few important notes so you are not surprised!
Graduates who are walking in commencement but not graduating until Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 are not eligible to wear an honor cord. Honor cord eligibility is based on your total OSU GPA at the end of Winter 2018. If your Academic Distinction changes after your spring term grades come in this won't change your eligibility to wear an honor cord at commencement; HOWEVER when Spring term ends and final grades are posted, the Honors distinction will be evaluated and posted to eligible transcripts. If necessary, your diploma will be reprinted to reflect the Honors distinction.
For more information see: Commencement Distinction
You won't be wearing an orange and black tassel at graduation. Each college has a specific color tassel to represent their college and Honors students will walk at the front of each college. You don't need to know your college's color, you just need to know what college you will be walking with. The classic orange and black tassel with 2018 are called souvenir tassels. You can purchase them at anytime between the graduation fair and commencement from the bookstore. You don’t need them for graduation, they are simply souvenirs.
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