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SDSU Commencement - Congratulations graduating class of 2013

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Traditional Regalia

In observance of tradition, all participants in commencement ceremonies will wear full academic regalia, consisting of a traditional gown, mortarboard with tassel and an SDSU medallion on a red ribbon. All master’s degree candidates will wear black tassels. Doctoral candidates will wear gold tassels.

Bachelor’s degree candidates’ tassels will vary in color to denote the college granting the degree:

Arts and Letters — White
Business Administration —Drab
Education
— Light Blue
Engineering — Orange
Health and Human Services — Citron
Professional Studies and Fine Arts — Red and Black
Sciences — Yellow Gold
Undergraduate Studies* — White

(*Liberal Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies in three departments)

Postgraduate Candidates

Postgraduate candidates will also wear hoods lined with red and black. In addition, colored velvet stripes will indicate disciplines. The hood is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear. SDSU bachelor’s degree candidates do not wear hoods.

 

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Caps, gowns, tassels, hoods, medallions and the stole of gratitude will be available for purchase only at GradFest, March 25-27 from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

It is required that you purchase an SDSU medallion on a red ribbon with your cap and gown. Extra medallions and tassels will be available for purchase.

Doctoral caps, gowns and hoods will also be available at GradFest, but for rental only. Rented  attire must be returned to the SDSU Bookstore by June 1, 2014.

For pricing information, visit the GradFest website.

GradNite!

GradNite, held on Thursday, May 1 from 5-7 p.m., is a special grads only event at the SDSU Bookstore with special offers, games, prizes and free food. GradNite tickets are free and only available at GradFest.

 

Honors Designations

Graduation with honors is granted to undergraduate students who achieve high grade point averages. Excellence is recognized at three levels:

  • Cum laude (3.50-3.64)
  • Magna cum laude (3.65-3.79)
  • Summa cum laude (3.80-4.00)

For determination of eligibility, two grade point averages are computed; both must satisfy the minimum grade point average for appropriate honors designation. They are the GPA calculated on all units taken at this institution (a minimum of 24 graded units), and the overall (cumulative) grade point average (including both SDSU and transfer units).

Only summa cum laude students will be awarded an honors cord to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Students will be notified via letter by the Office of the Provost on when and where they are to pick up the summa cum laude honors cord.