Cap and Gown

Students who plan to walk should purchase a cap and gown from the Gordon State College Bookstore.

Bookstore hours are:

  • Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

For your convenience, you may also purchase online at and have your order shipped to you.

There will be no refunds except to students who fail to meet graduation requirements. Following is the procedure for securing the refund.

  1. Students must furnish the original cash register receipt.
  2. Students must request a refund from the Bookstore prior to graduation.

Graduation invitations are available through Balfour by ordering online at or by following the link from the bookstore site. If you need additional assistance, please call the Gordon State College Bookstore at 678-359-5053.

Click Here To Order Your Invitations

Graduating students are expected to wear the caps and gowns that have been designated by the college.

If you purchase or borrow a cap and gown from a previous Gordon graduate, you must verify that the cap and gown you have matches the one being sold by our bookstore.  If your gown does not match, you will not be allowed to wear it.

Important Note: No decorations may be applied to the gown.

The appropriate cap for graduates is the familiar black "mortarboard." The mortarboard is worn straight on the head with the point of the cap in the center of the forehead. Tassels will be worn on the RIGHT side of the cap.

Graduates are allowed to decorate their mortar boards upon the following conditions:

  • No obscene language, gestures or similar expressions that might be interpreted as obscene.
  • No offensive language, gestures or similar expressions that might be interpreted as offensive.
  • No modification to the mortar board that would obstruct the view of fellow graduates or attendees.

If a mortar board is found to be unacceptable, the student must immediately purchase a replacement mortar board to be allowed to participate in the graduation exercise. If you are unsure whether or not your design is appropriate, please contact Academic Affairs before you decorate.

Required suitable attire includes:
Gentlemen Ladies*


Dark Pants

Dark socks

Dark Dress Boots or Shoes

Dark dress or dark pants

Dark shoes (you will be walking and standing for periods of time, so be mindful of heel height)








*It is suggested that ladies bring bobby pins to secure their cap.

Attire that is not suitable: jeans, tennis shoes, work boots, flip flops, shorts.

Honor cords may be purchased at the Bookstore if your GPA at midterm is 3.5 or higher. A selection of approved stoles will also be available for purchase in the Bookstore.

The College reserves the right to request that unacceptable attire be removed, or to exclude from the ceremony any prospective graduate who does not meet acceptable standards of dress or conduct.