Cleveland State University


Commencement Headquarters
Viking Outfitters

Viking Outfitters, located in the Student Center at East 21st Street and Euclid Avenue, is the official source of your graduation needs and operates "Graduation Central", which features one-stop shopping for all of your graduation needs: academic regalia (a cap, gown, tassel, and hood, if appropriate) as well as graduation tickets, graduate name cards, class rings, announcements, diploma frames and other campus memorabilia.

Contact Viking Outfitters by phone at (216) 687-2128 or visit their Website at Hours of operation are Mondays – Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; closed on Sundays. Viking Outfitters will also be closed November 27th through November 30th for the Thanksgiving Break.

"Graduation Central" Details

Graduate Name Cards

When you stop at Viking Outfitters for your Graduation Tickets and Academic Regalia you will work with a Viking Outfitters Team Member to verify your degree level, major and the correct pronunciation of your name for the Name Readers at the Commencement ceremony.  This information will be on a card that you will receive on the day of the ceremony from your College representative.

Graduation Tickets

Tickets are required for admission into the Wolstein Center. When you visit Viking Outfitters you will be asked how many graduation tickets you require. Each graduate is entitled to receive six (6) graduation tickets. Children under the age of five do not require a ticket.

If you require additional graduation tickets, you may request them at that time. Requests will be filled subject to availability. The University makes every effort to provide graduates with extra tickets as needed. Should you not require all six of your tickets, please leave any extras with Viking Outfitters staff for use by other graduates. Graduation tickets must be picked up from Viking Outfitters and will not be mailed.

Academic Regalia (cap, gown and accessories)

Academic regalia will be available for purchase beginning November 3, 2014. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check made payable to Viking Outfitters.
2014 Academic Regalia Purchase Prices:
November 3 through November 26

  • Bachelor's Complete Unit (Cap, Gown and Tassel): $48.00 plus tax
  • Master's Complete Unit (Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel) $78.75 plus tax
  • Doctoral Complete Unit (Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel) $82.50 plus tax

December 1 through December 6

  • Bachelor's Complete Unit (Cap, Gown and Tassel): $64.00 plus tax
  • Master's Complete Unit (Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel) $105.00 plus tax
  • Doctoral Complete Unit (Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel) $110.00 plus tax

Saturday, December 6, 2014 is the last day to purchase regalia for the December Commencement.

Stole of Gratitude – A silver stole with an embroidered CSU School Seal has become a tradition of Commencement. The graduate wears the stole during the ceremony and then immediately after presents it to someone who provided extraordinary support or who has helped with wisdom, words of encouragement, or financial assistance. The regular price for the Stole of Gratitude is $26.95. When purchased with your regalia, a 25% discount will be applied bringing the price of the stole to $20.21.

Graduation Announcements and Class Rings

Graduation announcements, both personalized and general announcements, along with class rings are available for purchase in Viking Outfitters. To order personalized announcements, you must place a special order with the vendor Herff Jones directly. Announcements can be ordered online at Please note: special order items require production time - therefore, place your orders early. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

The Herff Jones representative will be visiting Viking Outfitters to assist with class rings, announcements and regalia sales on the following dates:

November 3, 2014 (Noon - 6 p.m.)
November 4, 2014 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
November 5, 2014 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

For more information, you may contact Viking Outfitters or the Herff Jones representative directly:

Mr. Cliff Fehr
(740) 927-2131

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.5045

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