Owens graduates, photo montage

Cap and Gown FAQs

Do I have to wear a cap and gown during Commencement?
Yes, appropriate regalia is required to participate in the ceremony.

I have a cap and gown from my high school graduation. Can I wear those items at the Owens Commencement?
The cap and gown fabric and shade of black are specific to Owens Community College, so you may not wear regalia from another graduation ceremony at another institution. Also, the gown style is different for each level of degree earned.

When is the best time to purchase my cap and gown from the Owens Bookstore?
The Bookstore begins accepting orders about six weeks prior to the Commencement ceremony. Caps and gowns are kept in stock at the Bookstore, although, it is suggested orders are placed no later than two weeks prior to the ceremony to insure that the Bookstore has your size in stock.

When will I receive my cap and gown?
If you ordered your cap and gown in advance, your items will be ready for pick up at least two weeks prior the ceremony. If you stop by the Bookstore to purchase your cap and gown, you will take home your items that day. However, ordering your cap and gown in advance is the best way to insure that the Bookstore has your size in stock.

What color is my tassel?
Owens Community College Graduates wear tassels that represent their academic disciplines and degrees:

  • Associate of Arts - White
    • School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Criminal Justice
    • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Associate of Science - Gold
    • School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Business - Drab
    • School of Business, Information and Health Support Technologies
  • Associate of Applied Science - Gold
    • School of Health, Education and Human Services
    • School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Criminal Justice
    • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • School of Nursing
    • School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Associate of Technical Studies - Gold
    • School of Business, Information and Health Support Technologies
    • School of Health, Education and Human Services
    • School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Criminal Justice
    • School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

What will my cap and gown cost at the Owens Bookstore?
The current price is $29.95.

What is the Student Government cap and gown program?
Student Government has a limited number of caps and gowns that are recycled and re-used from one Commencement ceremony to the next, thanks to graduates who donate them. Students may request caps and gowns at the Student Government office. Not all sizes are available and the supply is limited. After the ceremony, Student Government accepts donations for future students' use. Tassels are not available and must be purchased.