Owens graduates, photo montage

Cap and Gown FAQs

Do I have to wear a cap and gown during Commencement?
Yes, appropriate regalia is required to participate in the ceremony.

I have a cap and gown from my high school graduation. Can I wear those items at the Owens Commencement?
The cap and gown fabric and shade of black are specific to Owens Community College, so you may not wear regalia from another graduation ceremony at another institution. Also, the gown style is different for each level of degree earned.

When is the best time to purchase my cap and gown from the Owens Bookstore?
The Bookstore staff is ready and willing to help you get ready for your special day. The Bookstore begins accepting orders about six weeks prior to the Commencement ceremony. It is suggested orders are placed no later than two weeks prior to the ceremony to insure that the Bookstore has your size in stock. If you miss the deadline, let the Bookstore staff know as soon as possible so that a cap and gown may be secured.

What color is my tassel?
Owens Community College Graduates wear tassels that represent their academic disciplines and degrees:

  • Associate of Arts - White
  • Associate of Science - Gold
  • Associate of Applied Business - Drab
  • Associate of Applied Science - Gold
  • Associate of Technical Studies - Gold
  • Associate of Individualized Studies - White

What will my cap and gown cost at the Owens Bookstore?
The current price is $29.95 (plus tax).

What is the Student Activities Office cap and gown program?
The Student Activities Office has a limited number of caps and gowns that are recycled and re-used from one Commencement ceremony to the next, thanks to graduates who donate them. Students may request caps and gowns at the Student Activities Office about six weeks prior to each Commencement ceremony. Not all sizes are available and the supply is limited. After the ceremony, the Student Activities Office accepts donations for future students' use. Tassels are not available and must be purchased.