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.

"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)

Rental Information for Ph.D. and Doctorate Candidates Only:
Orders placed for the rental of academic regalia for Ph.D. and Doctorate candidates must be made by Saturday April 12, 2014 to avoid late fees. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check made payable to Viking Outfitters. Graduates will be called when regalia is ready for pick up.

2014 Academic Regalia Rental Prices:

  • Doctorate Complete Unit (Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel): $63.00 plus tax
  • Doctorate Tam: $30.00 plus tax
    (Note – Doctorate hoods must be returned as part of the complete regalia unit rental.)

Rental-only prices are listed for Ph.D. and Doctoral candidates. If you are interested in the purchase of custom-made Doctorate regalia, please contact Keith McCann at (216) 687-2131 or e-mail to arrange an appointment for custom fitting and consultation. Purchases require a minimum of 6-8 weeks to process and deliver. The minimum purchase price range begins at $500. You will be contacted when the regalia comes in.

The last day to order rentals before the late fee is Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Late processing fees and rush shipping charges will apply to all rental orders as follows:

April 14 - 26, 2014 - $25.00 late/rush fee
April 28 - May 3, 2014 - $50.00 late/rush fee

Purchase Information for Bachelors and Masters Only:

Academic regalia will be available for purchase beginning March 31, 2014. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check made payable to Viking Outfitters.

2014 Academic Regalia Purchase Prices:

  • Bachelor’s Complete Unit (Cap, Gown and Tassel): $47.25 plus tax
  • Master’s Complete Unit (Cap, Gown, Hood and Tassel) $76.50 plus tax
  • Master's Hood: $38.00 plus tax

Saturday, May 3, 2014 is the last day to purchase or rent all regalia for the May Commencement.

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:

March 31, 2014 (Noon - 6 p.m.)
April 1, 2014 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
April 2, 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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