What to Wear

Dressing for Commencement

All degree candidates—and all participants who hold degrees, including university officials, faculty, and visiting dignitaries—are required to wear traditional academic attire to Commencement. Academic attire includes caps, gowns, hoods, and various honor cords that symbolize degree types, fields of study, and achievements.

All candidates for all degrees must wear custom IU apparel at Commencement and related robed activities. Custom IU apparel can be rented on the Herff Jones website. Order by April 5 to get the best deal; rental prices from April 6 until orders close on April 12 are increased by $75. Students who arrive at in-person Commencement activities with non-custom IU apparel will not be permitted to participate in the event. If you have any questions, email us at iudegree@indiana.edu or call 812-855-3761.