Food/Beverage Options at Commencement:

Conveniently located steps away from Raider Stadium, The Hawk will be open for lunch after Commencement.  The Hawk provides an excellent and easy lunch option if you would like to avoid the crowds off-campus.  Check out more information about The Hawk!

Graduating students and guests are highly encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle. Drinking water will be available before and during the Commencement ceremony at a number of water stations. For all other food and beverage needs, please visit the convenience store located inside of The Hawk. Some snacks and beverages will also be available for purchase at various outdoor stands around Raider Stadium.

Grad Fair:

The SOU Bookstore has a Grad Fair on April 14th through15th, 2020.  Regalia is available for purchase through the Bookstore starting the first day of spring term (please reference the academic calendar for spring term start date).

Commencement Regalia:

To walk in the Commencement ceremony graduates receiving a Bachelors degree are required to wear a black Bachelor's gown, cap and tassel. Graduates receiving a Masters degree are required to wear a black Master's gown, cap, tassel, and hood. The stole of gratitude is optional for both the Bachelors and Masters. You may purchase your cap, gown, tassel, master's hood, diploma frame, and other graduation accessories from the SOU Bookstore.

Feel free to decorate your graduation cap. 

Graduation Announcements and Class Rings:

Jostens is SOU's official vendor for personalized graduation announcements and class rings. Place your order online at, or by phone at 1.800.854.7464. Blank graduation announcements and thank you cards can be purchased anytime at the SOU Bookstore.

Graduation Photographs:

The official vendor for SOU graduation photographs is Lifetouch Photography. Visit them online at Photos are taken of all graduates. Proofs will be mailed out one week after the ceremony and will also be available at There is no obligation to purchase any photo package.