Dear OSU Honors College Senior,

There are special commencement garments that signify your achievement as an Honors College graduate. If you are participating in the 2021 commencement you will need to either contact the OSU Beaverstore or order your regalia online

General Regalia Information

The Honors College Regalia Package typically includes:

Item Price
Bachelors Gown $60.00
Honors College Stole $40.00
Honors College Tam (cap) $60.00
Tassel $6.00
Total $166.00

The blue cord, "research cord", can be ordered after you have completed your thesis submission for $19. All HC graduates are eligible for this cord.

Honors cord (based on your GPA) is also available for $19. 

Regalia FAQs

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 we 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. 

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 2021 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.

Tam vs. Mortar Board Hat

You do not have to order the tam; however, the tam is a major signifier of your achievement and Honors College regalia. 

Honor Cords

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.

For more information see: Commencement Distinction

Tassels

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 2021 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.

Other Commencement Information

Announcements & Rings

OSU Graduation Central

Your HC Regalia!

Honors College students wearing the graduation regalia