Graduates: Academic Regalia (Caps, Gowns, Tassels, and Honor Cords) - Ohlone College Forty-Ninth Annual Graduation Ceremony

  • Friday, May 20, 2016
  • 7:00pm
  • Epler Gymnasium, Room 9202, Building 9, second floor, Fremont Campus

Grad Fairs

  • Fremont campus:
    • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    • 11:00am - 3:00pm
    • Ohlone College Bookstore, Building 5, first floor
  • Newark campus:
    • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    • 9:30am - 12:30pm
    • Room NC1100, first floor

The Bookstore will begin selling regalia and issuing tickets for graduation to students at the Grad Fair on April 20. Students who purchase regalia at one of the Grad Fairs will receive a discount. Students may buy graduation items anytime after that. The deadline to buy regalia is Friday, May 6—no exceptions. However, there are a limited amount of graduation tickets available and they are distributed on a first come, first served basis. All items are for purchase only in the Bookstore. Pricing information for graduation regalia is available in the FAQs below.

Tickets for Graduation: Each graduate will be given 4 tickets. Tickets are issued only to those graduates who will be walking at graduation. Purchase of a cap, gown and tassel is required.

Students in the Nursing and PTA programs can email the Bookstore at for further information regarding how to obtain their regalia.

Respiratory Therapy graduates take a group selfie photo.All Ohlone graduates wear a green gown, green cap, and have a yellow and green tassel. Students who are graduating with honors will also have a gold honor cord. The academic regalia is an important part of the graduation ceremony, and all graduates participating in the ceremony will wear a cap, gown, and tassel.

Q. Where can I buy my cap, gown, and tassel?

If you are unable to attend one of the Grad Fairs, caps, gowns, and tassels will be on sale in the Ohlone College Bookstore on the Fremont campus (Building 5, first floor). Go to the Ohlone College Bookstore website at to get their hours of operation. The deadline to buy regalia is Friday, May 6—no exceptions.

Q. How much does a cap, gown, and tassel cost?

A Graduation Package includes a cap, gown, and standard tassel and costs $40.25 + $3.82 tax = $44.07 total.

Q. How much does an Honor Cord cost?

An Honor Cord costs $12.00 + $1.14 tax = $13.14 total. A list of those who are receiving honors is sent to the Bookstore; only those students on the list may purchase an Honor Cord.

Q. I'm not walking in the graduation ceremony but I still want a tassel. How much does a tassel cost?

A standard tassel costs $6.50 + $0.62 tax = $7.12 total.

A bling tassel is also available for $10.95 + $1.04 tax = $11.99 total.

Q. Do I buy or rent my cap, gown, and tassel?

Sorry, the Bookstore does not rent. The cap, gown, and tassel you purchase are yours to keep after the ceremony; you do not need to return them.

Q. How do I know if I am going to receive honors at graduation?

The Office of Admissions and Records has already determined which graduates are graduating with honors and given a list to the Ohlone College Bookstore. The Bookstore refers to this list when selling honor cords and will only sell honor cords to those students whose name appears on the list. Honors are based on academic records at the end of Fall 2015.

Q. How do I get an honor cord?

Students who are graduating with honors may purchase an honor cord in the Ohlone College Bookstore when they buy their cap, gown, and tassel. The cost for an honor cord is $12.00 + $1.14 tax = $13.14 total.

Q. Is there any other important information I should know about the cap, gown, and tassel?

Yes! It is a good idea to place your gown on a hanger and leave it in the bathroom when you take a shower; this should take out most of the folds and wrinkles. Ironing is acceptable, but be sure to put the iron on the "cool" setting so you do not burn a hole in your gown!

Also, your tassel should be on the right side. After you receive your diploma case you can move your tassel to the left side.