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. Graduates will receive information about ordering apparel early in their graduating term. Students who arrive at 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 812-855-3762.