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Preparing for Graduation

Athens State University holds Commencement Exercises after each semester.  Each academic college will have separate ceremonies at the end of fall semester and spring semester.  There will be one ceremony at the end of the summer semester to include all colleges.

Cap and Gown
Students must purchase the cap, gown and tassel from the University Bookstore.  The cost is $35.00 plus tax.

Tassels will be given out with the cap and gown.  Tassel colors for majors are listed below.

College of Arts and Sciences (includes secondary certification)

White All Humanities and Social Science Majors (B.A., B.S.)
Gold All Science and Mathematics Majors (B.S.)

College of Business

Drab All Business Majors

College of Education

Blue All Education Majors earning a B.S.Ed. (except Physical Education)
Green All Physical Education Majors

Class Rings & Announcements
For information regarding the ordering of class rings and announcements, contact the University Bookstore:


Honor Medallions
Students who will graduate with honors (as defined below) may purchase an honor medallion from the University Bookstore.  The cost of the honor medallion is $15.00.

Summa Cum Laude 3.90 to 4.0
Magna Cum Laude 3.70 to 3.89
Cum Laude 3.50 to 3.69

Academic Honors and Awards Policy

A professional photographer will take a picture of each graduate as the diploma is presented by the President. Proof pictures will be mailed directly to the student by the photographer at no cost or obligation.

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