Information For Graduates

Information For Graduates

General Information:

Students can purchase Caps and Gowns in the bookstore today, Order invitations & Class Rings.

  • Keeper Set
    • Undergraduate Bachelor Degree Set: Gown, Cap & Tassel – $69.20
    • Master Degree Set: Gown, Cap, Degree Hood, Cap & Tassel – $93.00
    • Doctoral Degree Set: Gown, Tam, Degree Hood, Cap & Tassel – $126.98
  • Keeper Separates & Accessories
    • Undergraduate & Masters Degree Cap – $9.95
    • Doctoral Degree Tam – $35.00
    • Tassel – $9.95
    • Masters Degree Hood – $41.00
    • Doctoral Degree Hood – $51.00
    • Law Degree Cords – $12.00
    • TSU Stole – $38.98
    • Greek Stole – $29.95
  • Rental Accessories
    • Thurgood Marshall School of Law Candidates Only
      Cap & Gown – $130.00
  • Faculty Members & Administrators Only
    • Master Degree Set – $68.70
    • Doctoral Degree Set – $76.20
  • Orders also can be placed on “
  • Cap and gowns, Invitations can be shipped to your residence.

Commencement Practice

Friday, May 17, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

  • Commencement Information Session
  • Location: Health & Physical Education Arena
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Candidates are required to attend.
  • Participants will receive a free one-year membership to the TSU National Alumni Association.

Commencement Reception

Friday, May 17, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Commencement Reception
  • Location: Student Recreation Center Gymnasium

Commencement Day

Saturday, May 18, 2019, in the Health & Physical Education (H&PE) Arena

Commencement Ceremony I: 8:00 a.m.

  • College of Education
  • College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • School of Public Affairs
  • The Graduate School
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Commencement Ceremony II: 12:30 p.m.

  • College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Science Engineering and Technology
  • School of Business
  • School of Communication

Commencement Attire:

  • Candidates are required to wear a black Academic Regalia (Gown) and Black Cap with a Tassel.
  • Regalia (Gown) with cap and tassel items are available in the University Bookstore for purchase or rent. The University Bookstore’s Phone Number is (713) 313-7030.
  • Invitations and Class Rings can be ordered at:
  • If the cut-off date to order Cap and Gowns has passed, Candidates will need to prepay for the selected purchase directly in the bookstore.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony without the appropriate academic regalia.

Graduation Honors Distinction:

Honors distinctions are only designated to undergraduate candidates receiving their first bachelor’s degree.

Honors distinction is based on the lower of the two-quality point average from the previous semester before graduation.

Undergraduate candidates graduating with honors will receive one of the following honors distinctions:

  • Summa Cum Laude Honors (GPA 3.75 or above)
  • Magna Cum Laude Honors (GPA 3.50 to 3.74)
  • Cum Laude Honors (GPA 3.25 to 3.49)

Honors notation will be listed by the candidate name in the commencement program booklet and embedded on their diploma and recorded on their academic transcript.

Honors distinctions cords will be distributed at the Commencement reception.

Candidates affiliated with honor societies and registered campus organizations may wear stoles, cords,and medallions that represent their affiliations.

Contact Information:

  • All questions regarding graduation status should be addressed with the candidate’s Academic Advisor or Department Chairperson.
  • For questions regarding commencement practice or commencement information, please call (713) 313-7458.