Ceremony Information

Regalia & Sashes

SPRING 2023 GRAD STAMPEDE

Grad Stampede will be held on all three of our 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. Bachelor’s and master’s regalia may be purchased outside Grad Stampede up until two weeks prior to Commencement. This event is not required; however a one-stop shop for graduation items.

  • St. Petersburg campus: February 27, 11am - 2pm

  • Tampa campus: February 28 - March 2, 11am - 3pm

  • USF Health Rotunda: March 7, 11am - 2pm
  • Sarasota - Manatee campus: March 8, 11am - 2pm

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) = $72.00 plus tax
  • Master's set (cap/gown/tassel/hood) = $109.00 plus tax
  • Doctoral set for purchase (gown/tam/hood): $1075.00 = $795 gown + $165 hood + $115 tam plus tax and shipping
  • Doctoral rental option A: $150.00 = rental gown/hood, keeper tam, plus tax and shipping
  • Doctoral rental option B: $270.00 = 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 order your regalia at least two weeks prior to Commencement.

Doctoral regalia for purchase needs to be ordered eight weeks prior to the date it is needed. Purchases can be made in person at the Bookstore or directly with Herff Jones online.

Orders for rented doctoral regalia need to be placed by 3/24/23 Rentals should be placed directly with Herff Jones online. This site will re-open 3/27/23 to 3/31/23 for any late orders (additional $9.00). Please contact the USF Bookstore if you miss the deadline for assistance with pricing and availability.

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.

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.

Honor Society Sashes

Undergraduate students are welcome to wear University approved medallions/stoles/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 honors sash. These items can be purchased directly from each society. 

Members of the Judy Genshaft Honors College will receive an honors medallion at the end of their successful thesis defense. Eligibility questions can be directed to Honors College Associate Dean, 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. Medallions are available at the bookstore two weeks prior to Commencement.

INTERNATIONAL SASHES

The Office of International Services will reach out to F-1 international graduates by email to place a sash order in the weeks ahead of Commencement. Please make sure you have applied to graduate, as this is the only way to let us know that you are intending to order a sash and participate in Commencement. For questions, please contact Kristen Zernick.