Commencement

Regalia & Sashes

Grad Stampede will be held on all three campuses and is your first chance to purchase regalia, class rings, announcements, diploma frames and covers and more! Special bundle pricing is available only during the event. Dates and times are below. Regalia may be purchased outside the Grad Stampede event dates up until the week prior to Commencement.

  • St. Petersburg campus: October 4, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the USF Bookstore
  • Tampa campus: October 5, 6 and 7, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the USF Bookstore
  • Sarasota-Manatee campus: October 12, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Main Rotunda

REGALIA (CAP & GOWN)

Requirements

Regalia (a cap with tassel and gown for bachelor’s students and a cap with tassel, gown, and hood for master’s and doctoral students) is required to participate in Commencement. Military uniforms may be worn in lieu of regalia.

Several companies may try to sell regalia. To be certain that you are getting the USF-approved regalia, please order from the USF Bookstore.

Pricing 

  • Bachelor's set (cap/gown/tassel) = $68.00 plus tax
  • Master's set (cap/gown/tassel/hood) = $104.00 plus tax
  • Doctoral set for purchase (gown/tam/hood): $955.00 = $695 gown + $145 hood + $115 tam plus tax and shipping
  • Doctoral rental option A: $215.00 = rental gown/hood, keeper tam, plus tax and shipping
  • Doctoral rental option B: $318.00 = rental gown only, keeper hood and tam, plus tax and shipping

Bachelor’s and master’s regalia can be purchased either in person at the USF Bookstore on each campus or online from the USF Bookstore’s website for additional shipping costs. It is recommended you pick up your regalia at least one week prior to Commencement.

Doctoral regalia for purchase needs to be ordered six weeks prior to the date it is needed. Doctoral regalia for rental needs to be placed two weeks prior to the date it is needed. Rentals should be placed directly with Herff Jones online or in person at the USF Bookstore. Purchases can only be made in person at the Bookstore.

Doctoral tams are not available for rent due to health considerations. Doctoral students can replace a tam with a mortarboard, but it is not recommended.

HONOR SOCIETY

Baccalaureate candidates are welcome to wear University approved Medallions and/or Sashes during the Commencement Ceremony. Unauthorized items may not be worn. Master’s candidates do not qualify for honors and may not wear items earned as an undergraduate student.

Undergraduate students who are members of official registered honor societies may opt to purchase and wear an honor sash. Each sash is custom made for each wearer. This distinction is not for all students who may be graduating with honors, but only for those who are members of honor societies. The deadline for sash orders for the fall 2021 semester is October 10, 2021. Please visit the USF Bookstore to order your sash or use this form.

Students who are members of the Honors Program will receive an Honors Medallion at the end of their successful thesis defense. Eligibility questions can be directed to the Honors Program Director, Thomas Smith

HONORS MEDALLION

Undergraduate students may purchase an honors medallion if their name is on the official graduating with honors list that is provided by the Registrar’s Office. Only undergraduate students wear honors medallions. Undergraduate students who qualify for the Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude GPA based graduation/degree distinctions may purchase an Honors Medallion from the Bookstore. You will receive an email notification 2 weeks prior to the ceremony if you are eligible to purchase. Your name must be on the distinction list at the Bookstore.

INTERNATIONAL SASHES

International sashes are available from the Office of International Services for those degree candidates whose home country is outside the continental United States. The sashes bear the same colors as the flag of each nation. International students can request a sash when RSVPing for Commencement. Students will be contacted by the Office of International Services, once the sash is available for pick up. Email.
All international students, who are registered for commencement, are invited to participate in the USF International Services Graduation Sash Ceremony.

USF GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Official USF graduation announcements provided by Herff Jones can be purchased online. Proudly featuring the USF seal, announcements are a great way to celebrate your achievement and let your loved ones know you are earning your degree.

USF CLASS RINGS

Your Official USF class rings can be ordered online from Herff Jones. The website showcases a variety of styles and includes online promo codes to save during checkout. You can also visit Herff Jones representatives during ring events and Grad Stampede events throughout the year. Visit their website for dates and times to see when Herff Jones will be on campus.