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Which Side of Your Graduation Cap Does Your Tassel Start On?

The final stage of your academic career, whether it be high school, undergraduate, graduate school, or a doctorate degree, has finally reached the finish line - Graduation Day! Congrats to you; the only thing that is left is to make sure the graduation ceremony goes as smooth and mistake-free as it possibly can for you. After all, you’ve made it this far and we don’t think you want your entire collegiate life to be remembered as the guy who fell on stage at graduation, or the real reason why you stumbled upon our blog - proper placement of your graduation tassel.

For those of you graduating with a:

  • High School Degree - Proper placement of your tassels for the commencement ceremony will be on the right side of your cap before the ceremony begins. Once you receive your diploma, depending on your school, you may move your graduation tassel from the right side to the left. Most schools will direct you to make the shift, as directed by the graduation speaker.
  • Bachelor’s Degree – For those receiving undergraduate or bachelor’s degrees, the same rules apply as a high school graduation. Tassels first begin on the right side of your cap and upon receiving your degree or following instruction from the ceremonial speaker, the graduation tassel will be moved to the left.
  • Master’s/Graduate/Doctoral Degrees – Once you have made your way to the big stage for graduate degrees, different rules apply. The difference is that your tassel will begin on the left side of your cap and will remain there until the ceremony is complete. Graduate tassels do not require to be moved at all.


Now you are prepared to shine during graduation and wear your graduation regalia filled with honor, pride, and thanks for all that you have accomplished. Visit Tassel Depot for all your graduation accessories! We are the leading manufacturer of not only tassels but also graduation cords, graduation stoles and graduation caps

Contact us or call (954) 698-0000 to find out how to make your order today.