Steps to Graduation

Regalia (Cap, Gown, and Tassel)

Two graduates of USF walk nearby a fountain in regalia and stoles.


tassels from all USF colleges laid out on a table

From left to right: Salmon, Violet, Drab, Science Gold, White, Kelly Green, Citron, Olive, Apricot, Brown, Orange, Blue (light), Pink
The Symbols of Learning (PDF, opens in new tab) inclusive of the academic disciplines by color.

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. Please be certain that you are getting the USF-approved regalia.

Rented regalia


USF bachelor's ($75 + tax & shipping), master's ($115.50 + tax & shipping), doctoral ($154.50 + tax & shipping) rented regalia can be ordered beginning at Grad Stampede. Orders will be sent to the address provided at the time of payment. The deadline to order and pay standard shipping is June 21. The ordering website will close on June 21 and re-open on June 24 where orders will be charged a RUSH shipping fee until June 28.  The order will be accompanied by a pre-paid return shipping label in which the gown (master's hood and doctoral hood and tam) must be returned following Commencement weekend. Bachelor's and master's graduates keep the cap (mortarboard) and tassel.


Interested in purchasing regalia? Bachelor's ($293 + tax & shipping), master's ($481.65 + tax & shipping), doctoral ($1,169.85 + tax & shipping).


Three USF graduates wearing Commencement regalia smiling at the camera with Bull U hand signs

Undergraduate students are welcome to wear University approved stoles during the commencement ceremony. Unauthorized items may not be worn. 

Undergraduate students who are members of official registered honor societies may opt to purchase and wear a stole. These items can be purchased directly from each society. 


USF graduate wearing regalia walking across the Commencement stage waving to the crowd

USF World 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

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