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.

To ensure a healthy and safe environment for all graduates, guests, faculty, and staff, social distancing measures will be put into place, which limits the total number of occupants for Carter Gymnasium.

To accommodate social distancing restrictions, each graduate will receive TWO tickets for guests. While we understand this may be difficult for some graduates, it is the only way we can ensure appropriate space is maintained. 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.

Guests are required to wear a mask or similar face covering. It is requested that masks be worn at all times while inside Carter Gymnasium and only be removed for photo opportunities when outdoors. Graduates are required to wear a mask or similar face covering but may remove their mask when crossing the stage, and having their picture taken.

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
Souvenir Tassel: $5.75

These items may also be purchased online until April 6th:


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

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 $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