Order Cap & Gown (Regalia)

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • February 15, 2019: Regalia items will be available exclusively through our academia regalia partner, Herff Jones, online store. 

  • April 12, 2019: Deadline to Order Cap and Gown (Items ordered items by this date can be shipped to your home.)

Required Regalia

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Cap, Bachelor Gown, Tassel in your school/colleges color
  • Master’s Degree - Cap, Master's Gown, Hood & Tassel in your school/colleges color
  • Doctorate - PhD Cap & Gown, Hood in your school/colleges color, and Gold Tassel

All Portland State gowns are black. Bachelor’s degree recipients wear a tassel of the color associated with the college or school conferring the degree. Dual major recipients wear one tassel, although a second may be purchased as a souvenir. If majors are in different colleges or schools, the student must decide which major and college or school to use. The academic cap is adjusted to remain level. The academic gown is fastened in the front. The tassel on the cap hangs on the right side prior to the ceremony.

Other Regalia and Commencement Items

  • Ethnic regalia is welcomed at commencement.
  • Tassels are available for purchase as individual items in person at the Grad Fair.
  • Other regalia items are optional such as stole of gratitude (available for purchase as individual items or as part of a package), affinity stoles, cords, leis, etc.
  • Class rings, announcements, and frames are available online through our Herff Jones Online Store.


All regalia is available for purchase only, PSU does not offer rentals, and is final sale.

Graduation Cap Decorating Contest

Details coming soon!

Need inspiration? View our 2017 PSU Commencement photo album on the Portland State Facebook page.

Latin Honors

To qualify for latin honors, students must:

  • Be an undergraduate student
  • Have at least 72 credits completed at PSU, 60 of which must be taken for differentiated grades (not Pass/No Pass).
  • Have at least a 3.67 PSU cumulative GPA or higher upon graduation (only PSU credits will be used in this calculation)

Honors Recognition at the Official University Commencement Ceremony

Students who meet the criteria and participate in the university-wide ceremony will have their name printed in the commencement program with their latin honor and will be awarded a latin honor cord to wear during the ceremony.

A student’s final Portland State cumulative GPA for their graduation term is used to determine honors awards that will be printed on the diploma and transcript. However, to qualify for honors recognition at the university ceremony, students must meet the criteria below. There are no exceptions. The Commencement Office uses a student’s winter GPA because that is the latest official GPA available at the time of cord distribution in May 2019.

PSU cumulative GPA at the end of winter term 2019 meets the Latin Honors Criteria:

  • 3.90 to 4.00 - Summa cum laude (Gold Cord)
  • 3.80 to 3.89 - Magna cum laude (Silver Cord)
  • 3.67 to 3.79 - Cum laude (Green Cord)

Apply to graduate, participate in the Commencement Ceremony AND provide consent that your name be printed in the Commencement program by the April 30, 2019 deadline.

Honor cords are given to students who are participate in the university Commencement Ceremonies. Latin honors cords are not provided to students who participate only in separate school, college or department graduation celebrations.

Eligible students will be notified in May, prior to the Grad Fair that they will be receiving an honors cord. The notification will be sent to by email to the pdx.edu email address. Honor cords may be picked up at the Grad Fair, ID is required.

Faculty Regalia

Faculty Regalia Rentals

All faculty, regardless of their participation in the University Ceremony or in their School/College, can rent or purchase regalia using our partner, Herff Jones.

How to Rent Regalia

Ordering for Faculty & Staff will begin in late February 2019. Link will be posted in section.

Regalia Reimbursement for AAUP Represented Faculty

AAUP represented faculty are eligible for a rental and purchasing reimbursement through the union, learn more here.

Regalia Returns

At the ceremonies: Regalia can be returned after the university commencement ceremonies in the designated return bins at the Moda Center and Viking Pavilion.

After the ceremonies: Returns after commencement or after their School/College celebration can be returned to the Enrollment Management front desk, Academic Student Rec Center, 5th floor, suite 520 during regular business hours. Include your name and department on your returns.