Commencement Attendance Portal - Marching Order

Marching Order is the system used to manage commencement operations, including graduate RSVPs, graduate communications, and grad passes. Graduates must create an account in Marching Order to RSVP their attendance, to receive four guest tickets, to ensure their name is pronounced and listed correctly for the commencement ceremony.  All students (except doctoral students) wanting to participate in commencement MUST log into the Commencement Attendance Portal -Marching Order and RSVP their intent to participate in commencement.  Students who do not RSVP their intent to participate in commencement may not be able participate in commencement and may not receive guest tickets.

Academic Regalia - Caps and Gowns

Graduation is an exciting time at Kennesaw State University as student accomplishments are celebrated throughout campus, culminating with a commencement ceremony. In preparation for this significant occasion, it is essential graduates wear the appropriate new graduation attire and academic regalia. Please follow the guidelines listed below.

We recommend underneath the graduation gown, graduates wear dark, professional attire and shoes to complement the black academic regalia of Kennesaw State University. Academic regalia can be purchased through Jostens.

March 28, 2024, is the homeship ordering deadline for undergraduate and graduate* regalia to ensure delivery for Commencement week. Undergraduate and Graduate regalia, with the exception of doctorate regalia, may also be purchased at the KSU Bookstore any time prior to commencement ceremonies. 

*Doctoral regalia must be ordered before March 15, 2024 to ensure delivery for Commencement week.

  • Undergraduate degree graduates should wear the new black gown with gold piping designed with two gold embroidered KSU school seals, black mortarboard (cap), and black and gold tassel. (Note: The tassel is worn on the right side of the mortarboard (cap) prior to the degree being conferred, and on the left side after the degree is conferred.)
  • Master’s and Specialist degree graduates wear the new black gown with gold piping designed with two gold embroidered KSU school seals, a hood, and a black mortarboard (cap) with black and gold tassel. Each hood has a separate color* based on the discipline and it is the most distinctive feature of this academic attire. Education Specialist hoods are somewhat different in that they are longer and wider than the master’s hoods.
  • Recognition Attire

    The standard gold stole previously included in the regalia package is no longer being offered. However, if you are a member of a nationally recognized organization, please refer to the academic department or national organization for appropriate recognition attire.

    Membership in an honor society is independent from KSU graduation honor policy.

    Students who qualified for membership in registered Student Organizations, Honor Societies, or Department Discipline Honor Programs while attending KSU may wear approved regalia representing these societies/programs during the Commencement ceremonies. The only types of regalia items that may be approved are Honor cords, stoles, medallions, or pins. Students must contact the appropriate academic department or sponsoring student organization for more information on obtaining these items.

    A faculty/staff representative of the academic department sponsoring the student organization must complete the Commencement Regalia Approval form. The KSU Bookstore is not responsible for ordering honors Commencement regalia. Students who are members of multiple honor societies may wear multiple pieces of regalia.

    International stoles received by graduating students who earned a previous degree from their home country may be worn during Commencement.

    During Commencement, student members of the organizations listed below are eligible to wear the following approved designations of their respective society/program:

    Alpha Kappa Delta, Sociology Teal Cord
    Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Royal Blue and Yellow Cords
    Alpha Rho Chi, Architecture Sanguine and Azure Cords
    American Medical Women’s Association Maroon and White Cords
    Beta Alpha Psi, Accounting Red Ribbon with Medallion
    Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Blue and Gold Honor Cords
    Blue Key National Honor Society, All Majors Blue Cords
    Delta Phi Alpha, German Black, Red, and Gold Cords
    Gamma Theta Upsilon, Geography Light Blue Stole
    Golden Key International Honor Society,All Majors Gold Honor Medallion with Blue and Gold Ribbons
    Kappa Delta Pi, Mathematics Education Green, Purple, and Gold Cords
    Lambda Alpha, Anthropology White stole
    Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Red and White Cords
    National Honor Society for Dance Arts Blue and White Cord; Gold Pin
    National Society of Collegiate Scholars, All Majors Burgundy and Gold Cords
    National Society of Leadership and Success, All Majors Black and Platinum Cords
    Nu Delta Alpha, Dance Burgundy and Gold Cords
    Omicron Delta Epsilon, Economics Blue and Gold Cords
    Omega Nu Lambda Blue and Silver Cords; Lapel Pin
    Order of Omega, All Majors Gold and White Cords
    Phi Alpha Alpha, Public Administration Teal and Gold Cords
    Phi Alpha, Social Work Gold Cords with Medallion
    Phi Alpha Theta, History Red and Blue Cords
    Phi Beta Delta, International Scholars Society Medallion with Red and Gold Ribbon
    Phi Eta Sigma, All Majors Black and Gold Cords
    Phi Kappa Phi, All Majors Gold, White, and Blue Medallion with Royal-Blue Ribbon
    Phi Lambda Upsilon, Chemistry Blue and Pink Cords
    Pi Delta Phi, French Blue, White and Red Cords
    Pi Kappa Lambda, Music White and Gold Cords
    Pi Mu Epsilon, Mathematics Violet, Gold, and Lavender
    Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Red, Black, and White Cords
    Psi Chi, Psychology Blue and Gold Cords
    Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Gold and Red Cords
    Sigma Iota Rho, International Affairs Purple and Gold Cords
    Sigma Lambda Chi, Construction Management Green and Gold Cords and Medallions
    Sigma Tau Delta, English Red and Black Cords
    Sigma Theta Tau, Nursing Orchid and White Cords
    Tau Upsilon Alpha, Human Services Gold Stole with Royal Blue Lettering
    Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Computer and Information Disciplines Maroon and White Cords
    Air Force Air Force Insignia
    Army Army Insignia
    Coast Guard Coast Guard Insignia
    Marine Corps Marine Corps Insignia
    Navy Navy Insignia
    Center for Young Adult Addiction & Recovery* Purple Cord
    Department of Athletics Black Stole with Gold Trim and Lettering
    Global Medical Brigades Red and Silver Cords
    KSU Journey Honors College Red and Gold Cords
    Office of Undergraduate Research Orange Cord
    Student Success Programs* Teal and Silver Cords
    1. Check DegreeWorks. Make sure that all requirements, including all dissertation forms, have been approved – with the exception of the oral defense form. All forms must be approved (as reflected in DegreeWorks) before you are eligible to graduate AND eligible to walk in Commencement.

    2. Confirm with your advisor that you are ready to defend your dissertation before the end of the semester.

    3. Here is the timeline for permission to walk in Commencement.
      • April 9, 2024. In order to ensure that you can participate, receive guest tickets, and have your name in the commencement book, the Doctoral Defense Outcome form must be submitted no later than 4 weeks prior to the first ceremony.

      • April 16, 2024. In order to ensure that you can participate and have your name in the commencement book, the Doctoral Defense Outcome form must be submitted no later than 3 weeks prior to the first ceremony. You may not receive guest tickets.

      • April 23, 2024. In order to ensure that you can participate, the Doctoral Defense Outcome form must be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to the first ceremony. Your name will not appear in the commencement book, and you may not receive guest tickets.

    Doctoral Degree graduates wear a gold gown featuring black velvet panels and bars accented with the gold embroidered KSU seal. The cap is a six-corner black velvet tam with two gold tassels. The Doctoral hood is the most distinctive, using black with a gold and black satin lining and accented with the designated discipline color* in velvet.

    See the KSU Bookstore for information on purchasing regalia, personalized announcements, and other graduation items.

    *For all academic purposes, the colors associated with the different disciplines, including trimmings of doctoral gowns, edging of hoods, and tassels of mortarboards (caps), are listed in the American Council on Education guidelines as follows:

    Art and Humanities White
    Business Administration Drab
    Chemistry Red and Gold
    Economics Copper
    Education Light Blue
    Engineering Orange
    Fine Arts, Architecture Brown
    Journalism Crimson
    Music Pink
    Nursing Apricot
    Philosophy Dark Blue
    Physical Education Sage Green
    Public Administration Peacock Blue
    Public Health Salmon Pink
    Science Gold Yellow
    Social Work Citron


Graduating with Honors

Undergraduate Honors

Students are required to have an adjusted GPA of at least 3.5 and earn at least 30 semester credit hours in residence at KSU to graduate with honors.

  • Summa Cum Laude (3.90 - 4.00)
  • Magna Cum Laude (3.70 - 3.89)
  • Cum Laude (3.50 - 3.69)

Graduates receiving honors for their undergraduate degrees are acknowledged at commencement by the public announcement as they cross the stage and the gold-colored honor tassels worn with the graduation mortarboards (caps).

Students participating in commencement will be recognized with Honors using the GPA from the prior semester from the term in which they walk. For example, students graduating in the Fall 2023 semester will have the GPA used from the Summer 2023 semester and students participating in the Spring 2024 semester will have the GPA from Fall 2023 to determine their honors designation.

Honor Society

Membership in an honor society is independent from KSU graduation honor policy. See the Nationally Recognized Organizations for your honor cords. 




The KSU Alumni Association serves the alumni of the University and supports the initiatives of KSU by:

  • Building positive, long-term relationships among KSU alumni, the University, and the community
  • Providing value-added services to KSU alumni through networking opportunities, affiliation programs, and KSU-wide events
  • Supporting the long-term objectives of the University through fundraising, fostering community support, and advocating for KSU

As a new member of the KSU alumni community, you benefit from partnerships with the University and Alumni Association. For more information, please visit the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association website.

Alumni Association


Forever Owl Fest Logo

#ForeverOwl Fest

Join us in celebrating your success at Forever Owl Fest immediately following your graduation ceremony on the campus green. The post-commencement celebration will occur for an hour and a half after each commencement ceremony.

This will be your opportunity for one final party with your classmates, friends and family as you celebrate your new alumni status! Make sure you don't miss out on this chance to get a free gift from your Kennesaw State Alumni Association, photo opportunities to capture your big moment, live music, and more!

Stay tuned for more information on regarding #ForeverOwlFest by following us on Instagram at @alumniKSU

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Yes, as long as all tests are taken before the semester ends. Proof of test completion must be sent to so your file will be held and not updated to the next term.
    • A degree is what you earn, the diploma is a piece of paper, and the certificate is a set of courses designed to meet predefined outcomes.
    • Yes. If the student is continuing to take classes for grad school or for personal interest, they need to submit the application for readmission found on the Admissions website. If the student is currently completing degree requirements, they can register according to their time ticket. If the student is continuing in a second major they do NOT need to readmit, however, should email
    • No. The minor must be completed at the time of degree completion. If the minor is not completed before or at the time of degree completion, the minor will be removed, and the degree awarded.
    • Yes, in-progress course subs need to be submitted through the Course Substitution Portal by the academic department. Please see your advisor.
    • The student must have 30 earned hours in residence at KSU in addition to meeting the 3.5 GPA or higher. 
    • In Owl Express click on the Advising tab>transcript>student records.
    • Look in Degree Works for degrees awarded. When the petition is no longer visible you may order an official copy of your transcript.
    • Undergraduates – YES, graduates – NO
    • No, the degree is not earned until the final audit has been completed by the graduation audit team. You will be notified of the outcome of the audit by email to your student email account.
    • May be purchased through Jostens and in the KSU Bookstore. 
    • An email will be sent with detailed information to all petitioned students. The email will be sent to the student email account. 
    • Students who are completing degree requirements in Summer may walk in the Spring commencement ceremony and must follow the posted deadline on the petition open and close deadline calendar.

    • Students who are completing degree requirements in Summer may walk in the Spring commencement ceremony and must follow the posted deadline on the petition open and close deadline calendar.

    • Undergraduates earning dual degrees from colleges with two different ceremonies may attend and receive tickets for both ceremonies. If both majors are recognized in the same ceremony, the student may only receive one allotment of tickets. Graduates earning dual degrees may only attend one ceremony.
    • Major and honors (if applicable) will appear on the diploma. Concentrations and minors do not appear on the diploma, however, will appear on the transcript.
    • Approximately 2-6 weeks after graduation. 
    • No, this is not an option.
    • Yes, each copy is $30.00. Email
    • Undeliverable diplomas/certificates will be returned to the Registrar's Office. Diplomas/certificates will be held in the Registrar's Office for one term following the degree awarding term after which the diploma/certificate will be recycled. Should a duplicate credential be requested, an additional diploma fee of $50.00 or certificate fee of $15.00 will be applied to the student's account.
    • Petitions must be submitted for stand-alone certificates as long as they appear in Degree Works. If they do not appear in Degree Works, please contact
    • Contact

      Address change: Contact

    • This must be your legal name. If it is different from your Student Record name, proof of name must be submitted, i.e. birth certificate, marriage license, divorce decree, court records of the name change, Green Card, US Passport. Email this documentation along with your request to
    • Yes. The past-due balance will prevent the release of the diploma, CeDiploma and, the official transcript.
    • The petition is active for two consecutive semesters at which time it becomes inactive. It will be necessary to submit another petition and pay the appropriate fee. The diploma fee is $50. The certificate fee is $15.00.
    • Payment can be made through Owl Express utilizing the Student Account tab or you may visit the Bursar’s Office to pay in person. 
    • The diploma fee is $50.00. The certificate fee is $15.00.