Caps and Gowns - SUNY Cortland

Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns

To obtain a cap, gown and tassel, students should first apply to graduate using myRedDragon by March 1. Applying for a degree by the March 1 deadline also allows a student's name to appear in the Commencement program.

Once at myRedDragon, do the following:

  1. Type in ID and password
  2. Select “Student” tab and go to the Registrar column
  3. Select “Graduation and Commencement Menu”
  4. Select “Degree and Diploma Application"

Once a student has applied for a degree, he or she will then have access to an online ticketing program, where they will select their ceremony time. On March 22, 2016, specific time TBD the link will go live and you will be able to select your Commencement ceremony. 

Please note, as in the past, ceremony selection is on a first come, first served basis. You will only have access to this site if you have applied for graduation. 

In order to participate in Commencement you must purchase a diploma cover ($10) through the online ticketing process. The diploma cover is linked to your Student Line-Up Ticket (which you must bring with you the day of Commencement).  The diploma cover will be handed to you as you walk across the stage.  Please have a credit card ready.

In order to select your commencement ceremony, complete the following steps:

  1. Log into myRedDragon
  2. Select the Student Tab at the top
  3. Under the Commencement 2016 Channel, select Commencement Tickets (first option)
  4. Select your Ceremony (first-come, first-served basis)

Students will be directed to links to purchase caps and gowns, tassels, flowers, Commencement announcements, class rings, diploma frames and other gift items relating to Commencement.

You can order your cap, gown and tassel at any time via The College Store website.

Gown: $34.00 Cap: $9.50 Tassel: $4.50

Please Note: All prices are subject to change. Cap, gown, tassel, and diploma covers are required for participation. If you are planning to borrow a cap and gown, the diploma cover must be purchased in order to receive Commencement tickets.  You will purchase the diploma cover, which you will receive the day of Commencement as you walk across the stage, through the online ticketing process as you receive your Student Line Up Ticket.  

If a student has not applied for a degree, he or she will not have access to the online ticketing program.  Please note, students who apply after the March 1 deadline are not guaranteed to be included in the Commencement program.  

College Store Hours

Monday - 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday - 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday - 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday - 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday - 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Phone: 607-753-4621
E-Mail: ASC Website

Please note: Commencement is a formal ceremony, please dress accordingly. The general rule is light weight, non-restricting clothes. Men do not have to wear jackets, but should wear a shirt and tie. Students are requested not to wear shorts, overalls, sandals or sneakers. 


Tassels should be worn on the left side throughout the ceremony.

Students who qualify for an honors distinction based on their grade point averages recorded as of Feb. 1, 2016, will receive an honors tassel.

Tassels will be distributed in the Old Main Lobby (Fowler '52 Grand Entrance) during the following times:

Tuesday, May 10 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11 from noon-4 p.m.

Thursday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Friday, May 15 by appointment -please contact registrars office

Tassels will be available at the start of each ceremony in the Corey Gymnasium, Park Center, for students who do not pick up their tassel during the above times.

Honors Distinctions and Tassel Colors

Cum Laude 3.2 to 3.499 White Tassel
Magna Cum Laude 3.5 to 3.749 Red and White Tassel
Summa Cum Laude 3.75 and above Red Tassel

Students not qualifying for honors distinction will wear a black tassel. However, if the student’s grade point average at the end of the academic year meets the honors criteria as noted above, the honors distinction will be recorded and displayed on the official transcript and diploma.

Various departments also have individual honors programs. The departments may distribute cords or tassels to wear during the Commencement ceremony as well. Students should inquire with department chairs or advisors to verify if there is a specific honors distinction for a major/program.