Cap, Gown, Stole, and Tassel
All graduates, including members of ROTC, are required to wear a cap and gown during commencement. These items will be available in the Vol Shop in the Student Union until the day of commencement at $65.99 (plus tax). If you have any questions regarding the cap, gown, stole, and tassel packet, please visit or call the graduation counter (located to the right of the stairs leading down to the textbook area) at 865-974-3459.
Grad Finale is scheduled for February 17-19, 2020. If students purchase during this event, they will receive 10% off the cost. This is the only time they can use their student discount off the cost of cap and gowns. Click here for more information about Grad Finale.
Note: The Vol Shop in the Student Union will order a limited number of caps and gowns, and sizes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Correct size is not guaranteed, so don’t wait until the last minute to purchase yours!
If you meet the university’s criteria for conferral of honors (please refer to the Ceremony Details web page under “Students Graduating with Honors”; also see “Academic Policies and Procedures” in the Undergraduate Catalog), and participate in the spring ceremony, you will receive a gold honor cord, compliments of the college. Students will be able to pick up their honor cords at the tables set up in the front of room 312 Ayres Hall from 10:00am – 5:00pm on April 23rd, 24th, and 27th. You must show a photo ID to receive your cord. Family members or friends may not pick up your cord for you. If you have a question about your cumulative GPA (as of Fall 2019), please visit One Stop. The Registrar is legally unable to discuss such matters by phone or with anyone other than the student in question.
For Summer Graduates Only: Technically, the second university criteria for conferral of honors (please refer to the Ceremony Details web page under “Students Graduating with Honors”; also see “Academic Policies and Procedures” in the Undergraduate Catalog) would not permit you to receive an honor cord, as spring grades will not be submitted in time for us to know your “cumulative average at the end of the semester preceding the graduation semester.” However, we want to provide you the opportunity to wear the honor cord if you have earned it. Therefore, the Office of the Registrar will provide the college with the names of summer graduates who met criteria #1 as of the end of Fall 2019 and are on track to meet criteria #3 by the end of summer 2020. Summer graduates who meet these requirements and are participating in the spring ceremony will be eligible to receive an honors cord. If you have a question about whether you meet these requirements, or about your cumulative GPA (as of Fall 2019), please visit One Stop. The Registrar is legally unable to discuss such matters by phone or with anyone other than the student in question.
Participating in the fall ceremony? Summer graduates participating in the fall ceremony will be contacted in November 2020 regarding the pick-up times for honor cords.
Graduation invitations with the official University of Tennessee seal may be purchased while supplies last in the University Vol Shop in the Student Union. You also may order invitations and personalized graduation announcements directly from Jostens (please allow two weeks for delivery). If you have any questions regarding invitations, or if you would like to place an order, please visit the Jostens website or call Jostens Customer Service at 800-854-7464, or go to the graduation counter in the Vol Shop in the Student Union or call the graduation counter at 865-974-3459.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to place an order, please visit the Jostens website or contact Jostens Customer Service at 800-854-7464.
Photos from Commencement
If you have any questions regarding the professional photography (e.g., when you will receive proofs, how to order, pricing), please contact Grad Images at 800-628-4509, ext. 3581, or visit www.gradimages.com.
Diploma frames can be ordered year-round in the Vol Shop in the Student Union. If you have any questions regarding frames, please visit or call the graduation counter at 865-974-3459.