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Caps, Gowns, & Tassels


In observance of academic tradition and Commencement decorum, participants are required to wear CSULB custom academic apparel consisting of a black gown and mortarboard (cap) with tassel.


All master's degree candidates will wear gold tassels on their mortarboards. Bachelor's tassels, however, denote the college which grants the degree. (See information at right.)

Liberal Studies candidates may choose to wear the tassel which represents the college of their concentration or of the College of Education. Students renting apparel may keep the cap and tassel as a souvenir. Master's hoods are lined with the University colors, black and gold. Velvet panels show the color of the discipline granting the degree; example: education is light blue and engineering is orange. CSULB bachelor's candidates do not wear hoods.

You may preorder your cap and gown rental at the University Bookstore beginning March 2016.

Personnel at the Bookstore will assist you in selecting the correct apparel size and color tassel.

You may also get cap and gown and graduation announcement information on line at

If you are interested in purchasing a cap and gown, you may contact Chris Ramirez at (562) 985-7737 or e-mail Allow eight weeks for delivery.

Rental Rates at the Bookstore
Bachelor's Cap, Gown & Tassel $45.00
Master's Cap, Gown, Hood & Tassel $55.00
Extra Souvenir Tassel (purchase) $8.95
Emblem Tassel (purchase) $8.95
Class of 2015 Tassel $8.95
Tassel Colors by College
Arts: Brown
Business Administration: Beige
Education: Light Blue
Engineering: Orange
Health and Human Services: Green
Liberal Arts: White
Natural Science & Mathematics: Yellow

You will be walking on uneven surfaces (grass and stairs), so please wear appropriate footwear.

Rented apparel should be returned in front of the Bookstore immediately following the ceremony. Rented apparel not returned to the Bookstore may cause a delay in the processing of your diploma.