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Graduation FAQ's

Can I return or exchange my regalia?

Yes, returns on regalia can be made up until the final two weeks before the ceremony. Returns require the items to be in the same condition as when purchased, and you must have your receipt.


What do I need for Graduation?

  • Basic regalia for undergrads consist of a cap, gown, and tassel.
  • For Masters and Doctorates regalia consist of cap, gown, tassel and hood.


  • Are stoles required?
    Although completely optional, the stole is a nice regalia option that has special significance in the MSU Community. After the ceremony, the graduate may gift their stole to either a faculty member, family member, or close friend who supported them or had an impact on their academic career.


    How can I get my cords?

    Cords are given to the graduate by their school (School of Nursing, School of Engineering, etc.)


    What determines what tassel color I get?

  • Black is for Masters and all Bachelor graduates with a GPA of 3.24 and below
  • Royal Blue is Bachelors with a GPA of 3.25-3.69
  • New Gold is for Bachelors with a GPA of 3.7 and above.
  • Old Gold is for Doctorates


  • I didn’t get the right tassel color can I exchange it?
    Yes, just bring your old tassel in and let us confirm your tassel color with you student ID, and we will take the exchange. No receipt required.


    How can I find out if I’m on the graduation list?

    The list of graduates for the upcoming graduation comes from the registrar office. Either see them in Montana Hall or visit with them in our store during Grad Fair.


    What is Grad Fair?

    Grad Fair is an event that the Montana State and MSU Bookstore host during both the fall and spring semesters. It will be hosted online this semester. Grad Fair will help you understand how to confirm you are on the list to graduate, purchase your cap, gown and tassel as well as diploma frames, class rings, and announcements. Meet with the Alumni Foundation, Financial Aid Office and the graduate department on campus.