Eastern Michigan University
Cap, Gown, and Tassel
Academic dress for commencement (cap, gown and tassel) may be purchased from the EMU Campus Bookstore, Student Center, after November 1, during the following days/times: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bookstore hours are subject to change. Please contact the EMU Campus Bookstore at 734.483.2850, or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any academic-dress questions.
Students who have completed all degree requirements during the Fall 2013 session and are graduating with honors (3.50 or above cumulative GPA) will receive a gold tassel. Gold tassels may be picked up at 303 Pierce Hall during the weeks of December 9th and 16th, 2013. All other undergraduates will wear a green and white tassel, obtained from the EMU Campus Bookstore.
How to Wear Your Cap and Gown
The gown must be hooked at the collar and remain hooked. The long point of the cap should be at the back with the tassel over the right temple. Dark shoes are preferred; flowers should not be worn. Following the tradition, men should remove their caps during the national anthem. Women are also welcome to remove their caps, but etiquette does not require that they do so. Placing the right hand over the heart during the anthem is another sign of patriotism for both men and women.
Financial Obligations, Deadline for Correspondence Courses, and Transfer Credit
All bills, including library charges, parking fines and health service accounts, must be paid by the close of the current session. Persons holding certain student loans must arrange for an exit interview with the Student Loan Office, 203 Pierce Hall, 734.487.3335. All correspondence lessons must be completed and final examinations written before exam week. Any candidate for graduation who needs credit transferred to Eastern from another institution to fulfill graduation requirements must be certain the transcript reaches the Office of Records and Registration by the close of the current session.
Application Deadline and Diploma and Transcript Mailing Information
All students completing degree requirements in Fall 2013 must submit their application for graduation by November 1 for inclusion in the Commencement program. Bachelor's diplomas for students who submitted their applications for December graduation by the deadline will be mailed approximately six to eight weeks after commencement. Provisional teaching certificates will be mailed directly from the Department of Education in Lansing. All students will receive, with their diploma, a complimentary official transcript showing all Eastern Michigan University course work. The graduation date on the transcript will be December 19, 2013.