Rent & Order

2021 Commencement Update

In accordance with its COVID-19 protocols, Indiana University Bloomington is planning in-person May Commencement ceremonies at all of its campuses for graduates only. Details for attending Commencement and having family and friends join virtually will be shared soon. Please let us know your interest in attending.

Are you interested in attending in-person?

Rent caps and gowns

All candidates for degrees must wear custom IU apparel at Commencement. Students rent their gowns and return them after the ceremony. Graduates keep their caps, tassels, and (if they received undergraduate degrees) stoles of gratitude. If you are a December 2020 graduate or a spring or summer 2021 graduate, there are two ways to order:

  • Attend virtual GradFair beginning March 9 and get help with ordering; or
  • Order directly from Herff Jones, IU’s licensed Commencement vendor.

Order Apparel

Order by Monday, April, 5, to get the best price. Prices go up Monday, April 12. Online orders close on Monday, April 19.

NOTE: All 2020 graduates who ordered and paid for official caps, tassels, gowns, hoods, and stoles will receive the complimentary use of gowns (and hoods if you earned a graduate degree) to wear at Commencement. Bring your cap, tassel (and stole if you earned an undergraduate degree). You will be contacted by Herff Jones before Commencement to arrange the use of complimentary apparel.

You’re almost there. Use our graduation checklist to prepare for Commencement.

Graduation checklist