Preparing for Graduation


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

For those who aren’t able to attend, we will be streaming the event live. Links will be made available through the Athens State University website ( and social media accounts.

Graduates and their guests must have their temperature screened before entering Carter Gymnasium. Those who have a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be unable to enter the building.

Cap/Tassel, Gown, and Hood

Students must purchase these items from the University Bookstore. The cost is:

  • Undergraduate Cap, Gown, & Tassel: $43.75
  • Masters Cap, Gown, & Tassel: $84.75

*Various packages are available on the website below.

These items may also be purchased online until March 25, or through the bookstore from now until the day of graduation.


Tassel colors by major 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 (must be ordered online by March 25, 2022)

For information regarding the ordering of class rings and announcements, go to

Honor Medallions

Students who will graduate with honors (as defined below) may order their medallion up until the day of graduation through the bookstore:, or at the bookstore on campus. The cost of the honor medallion is $20.00 plus tax.

  • 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.

Graduation Photo Information