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Tassel, Hood and Sash Information

Tassel Color

Associates -Black
Bachelor of Science (BS) - Gold
Bachelor of Art (BA) - White
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Dark Brown
Bachelor of Music (BM) - Pink
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) - Crimson
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)- Apricot
Master- Black  

Hood Colors

MS in Education - Blue
MS in Teaching -  Blue
Master of Music Education - Blue
MA in Communication - Burgundy
MS in Communicative Disorders - Gold
MS in Community and Organizational Leadership - Gold
MS in Data Science- Gold
MS in Nutrition Science - Gold
MS in Natural Resources - Gold
MS in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems- Gold

Cord Colors

Cum Laude (overall grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74) - Gold
Magna Cum Laude (overall grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89) - Gold
Summa Cum Laude (overall grade point average of 3.9 or above) - Gold

These cords can be purchased at the bookstore

Cap, Gown, and Tassel Protocol
Wear the mortarboard horizontally (not tipped in any direction), with the point of the cap in the middle of the forehead. 
Bachelor's and Associate Degree Candidates
Wear the tassel on the right side of the mortarboard. After the Chancellor’s charge to graduates (at the end of the program), you will be told to shift your tassel to the left of the mortarboard. It is appropriate to wear honor cords, the Chancellor’s Leadership Award, the Albertson Medallion and/or other approved honors designations. Bachelor degree candidates will earn honors cords that are draped over the shoulders with the tasseled ends to the front (earned according to grade point average).

Doctorate and Master’s Degree Candidates
Tassels are worn on the left side of the mortarboard at all times. Carry the hood over your right arm during the procession. Make sure the hood is unbuttoned. When your name is called, step to the stage. Your hood will be installed by an adviser, dean of your college, or the provost. Attention: Cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude are undergraduate honor designations. Master's degree candidates do not graduate with honors regardless of their grade point average, and do not wear an honor cord.   

Study Abroad Sashes

Long-term programs
Students who successfully complete a semester-long study abroad program receive a commencement sash from the UW-Stevens Point Office of International Education. The sash identifies the country where the student studied, and is mailed to each student upon completion of the semester abroad. There is a fee for a replacement sash. Contact the Office of International Education with questions, 715-346-2717 or stop in 108 Collins Classroom Center.
Short-term programs
Students who successfully complete a short-term study abroad program through UW-Stevens Point Office
of International Education may purchase a purple sash with a gold embroidered globe through the University Store, during the same time as cap/gown sales.  For further information contact the University Store
at 715-346-3431.  
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