Athens state University Graduation

Athens State University holds graduation ceremonies 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.

Due to the escalating COVID-19 situation and in the interest of public health, Athens State University has decided to move the spring commencement ceremonies to coincide with summer graduation on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Cap/Tassel, Gown, and Hood
Students must purchase these items from the University Bookstore**.  The cost is:

Cap: $8.50 plus tax
Tassel: $8.50 plus tax
Gown: $50.00 plus tax
Master’s Hood: $50.00 plus tax

*Prices are subject to change. Please contact the University Bookstore for verification – 256-233-8249.

**To order your cap and gown, etc, email the Bookstore: .  Include in your message your phone number so that the Bookstore manager is able to contact you.


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. *Prices are subject to change. Please contact the University Bookstore for verification – 256-233-8249.

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